Although I rode in the dark and the arena was rather sloppy-wet, I did get in my hoped-for ride yesterday. Lance was very, very good – light off my leg and responsive to my other aids.
His winter coat is not overly long or thick, but his legs sure get hairy.
No sign of shedding yet, even though the days are getting noticeably longer. The first show I'm planning to enter is on April 13; I'll get him trimmed up spiffy by then.
This afternoon I rode again (in a drier arena), and again Lance was very, very good. After schooling, we went down the lane to pick up the mail. Lance usually fidgets a bit while I'm unlocking our mailbox, getting the mail, and locking up the box again, but today he stood like a rock. What a boy!