I had a great ride on Lance today; it really couldn't have been any better. I was home alone, so no distractions other than the occasional fly, the weather was perfection, and my handsome Lance did everything I asked for quite nicely – including all his canter departs! What made this particularly exciting is that I used my Marvel saddle. I stopped using it when Lance developed a bit of an attitude over right lead canter departs for fear that it wasn't fitting him well. At our last lesson, Julie thought Lance's attitude was just that of a typical five-year-old, and instructed me on how to keep his trot work more honest in order to get good canter departs. He's been getting better and better at them ever since, and switching from the old Wintec back to the Marvel was a non-issue. I actually rode in it last Wednesday, too.
When we finished, Lance had foam on his lips and sweat on his neck. I had a smile on my face and anticipation in my heart for our next lesson with Julie on the 15th!