Pics will have to come tomorrow -- I ordered an iphone case with belt holster.
Dash was great today. We did about 20 minutes of walk-trot circle work to get her soft and supple both ways. Lots of figure 8s, serpentines, and work to get her collected. The downward transitions still need some work. My core is getting so much stronger! It was HOT here today! Nearly 89 in the sun! I can't wait until tomorrow when my new helmet comes. It has vents!
Then we went out for a trail ride around the grounds. She REALLY enjoyed the change of scenery -- her ears were up almost the whole time, and she was looking around (not in a silly way) at all the horses in the paddocks and out being ridden. There are Standardbreds who work out on the track in the morning, and she took a good hard look at them, kind of thinking "what the heck is behind those horses!?" Then when we were out by the track, she got a little nervous. "What are we doing here?" She looked at the horses go by, stopped, and belted out a big ol' whinny!! Then we had a great long relaxed walk back to the barn, and she got a nice bath. I figured it was a good treat for her to get out and not just think we want to work her all the time.
Anyone else feel so intoxicated by just going to the barn? I think I'm in love again. It's all I think about! I actually cry on my way to and from the barn sometimes, I'm so happy. (big mushy confession)