Today, as usual, I didn't work him long or hard. First I rode him to the mailbox and back at a walk. Then I worked him in the arena for awhile. Afterwards, he was actually a little sweaty!
Not a lot, but at least I know now that his cooling system works. ;-) (The weather wasn't warm, but it was muggy.)
With a show coming up I am more mindful of working Lance intentionally. Another horse blogger is also getting ready for a show, and her recent blog post was a timely reminder of the pitfalls of riding alone. Fortunately, Julie is back in town, and Lance and I will be taking a lesson from her this week – yay! I'm picking up the saddle I'm trying sometime Thursday, and will take it with me to get Julie's input on its fit. All of a sudden it feels like things are gaining momentum; I'm getting excited!