After the Mare's massage, she was a little touchy in the spots that her masseuse (lol) really worked on. However, once I hopped on I noticed an immediate difference. Not a single buck as we trotted around both directions. Her arena behaviour was good, but she was still forward enough for it to be mildly irritating. Keep in mind I really like a forward horse. I just don't like an unresponsive one. So we moved out side and did some work going up and down two little hills on our property. We walked & trotted up and down them, using the grass as incentive to really stretch in the trot. Best trot work yet!
Then came Tuesday's ride. I erm... may or may not have required a shank to simply walk my horse into the arena. Apparently bits in mouths mean nothing to Cadence, and walk is not actually a gait either. Nice try mare, but you WILL walk. So with that being the precursor to our ride, you can imagine how the rest of it went. We'd walk for a bit, but only a bit because then we'd start jigging, prancing, trotting, rushing, grabbing, etc. She tried to be good, but was on energy overload. Funnily enough, she was a total angel and trotted around calmly as the new boarder & her father drove out of the parking lot. Show off.
I'd like to ride tomorrow, but I have an allergy test in the morning & am feeling a little nauseous tonight anyway. Hopefully I'm not getting sick, and fingers crossed the allergy test goes well!