Sunday, today, was beautiful. I went to see Willy. We approached me and nuzzled my hand as I came up to him. What a sweet boy! He didn't mean to take off on my last week now did he! I brought him out to tack him up, first removing his blanket. The blanket he wears is not thick, it actually reminds me of a shell people wear while skiing. He was a little sweaty underneath and I question the need for the blanket except maybe at night or during a really cold day, he has a nice fluffy winter coat. I need to learn more about when to blanket and when not to. The area I was tacking him was again left a mess, piles of manure that I cleaned up before I even got to grooming Willy.
I rode Willy around the outside of the ring and then noticed a little girl on a grey loping up to us, she asked if she could join us. What could I say? We rode around the arena, walks, trots and a little bit of cantering. She went on about how she used to ride Willy but then didn't want to anymore, she likes Misty and rides her. She loved to canter and asked if I wanted to race, um...no I don't think that is such a good idea I said. Eventually her mom got her and I guess took her back to her sister to have her help take up their mare.
I went into the arena and did some walk, trot and canter transistions with Willy. I got a few nice canters where the gait was nice and smooth and I was relaxed and following Willy's back with ease. It felt great! I still worked on getting his head down at the walk. It didn't work so well at the trot, I'll have to do some more lunging to work on that.