Day by day this week I've gotten increasingly frustrated, wanting to continue Larry's reconditioning and refresher schooling but not getting any cooperation from weather and schedule. But today, in SPITE of some rain, I both lunged and rode him, and it was our best ride yet. I noticed a difference while tacking him up. He's always moved around when I start to fasten the girth, but today he stood quietly. Lunging went about the same, but under saddle he seemed more solid. I've found over the years that short breaks in training sometimes have that effect in a horse, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
Tomorrow my son is planning to go to work with his dad, so I should be able to take advantage of a break in the weather if we get one. Then, starting next week is my two-week opportunity to get in some rides with a clinician who will be in the area. I'm so looking forward to some eyes on the ground to help us advance!