First, Miss L. Miss L's owner decided that (in spite of her doc's orders) as long as she could get on and off from the right side (since her left knee was the injured one) she'd start riding again. All went well with the mounting/dismounting, so while I was away she started working Miss L herself. However, she asked me if I'd be able to stay on and ride 1x/week even though she couldn't afford to pay me & I agreed, on a tentative 'so long as I have the time' kind of agreement. Last week I took Arty and she, Lacey, Arty, and myself headed out for a trail ride. She was nervous about getting Miss L out, so the pony and I stepped in to help. It was a fantastic ride, & both Miss L and her owner did fabulously.
Yesterday I planned on riding Miss L in the ring, then ditching the saddle (as it was supposed to rain & I don't want to ruin that gorgeous western saddle... I think its a Billy Cook or some other expensive model) and heading out for a bareback trail with a friend and her horse. The arena work went fabulously, and Miss L was being so good I decided to ask for a walk-canter transition just to see what happened. She felt totally ready for it, but I was still pleased when on the second try she popped straight into a canter! Go Mare! From there we did some the other way (her bad way) and then worked on some flying changes. Her changes actually rode greener than her walk-camters.
In other news, I now have the pleasure of earning some real money riding a mare some long time blog readers may remember.