It’s been snowing madly here. I was starting to think we’d get away with another non-winter. But winter has abruptly arrived. It’s really helped the footing out though. The horses are all much more comfortable with a snowy cushion on the frozen concrete-hard ground.
We did a bit more driving practice this afternoon. First in the round pen, and then up and down the driveway. Anastasija wanted to watch, so she took the pictures this time.
Once we’d run through yesterday’s lesson and he was confident and forward (which only took a few minutes), we headed out the driveway.
He is quite responsive to voice commands, so I asked him to trot. He was unsure if that was the right thing to do and stopped a couple of times, concerned he might be doing a bad thing. But with a bit of encouragement he was happy. I was surprised at just how nicely he handled it. A very slow and surprisingly rhythmic jog. It’s very like dancing with your horse to trot them in long reins.