I actually got out for a ride today - my first since bringing them home. I thought I was being optimistic when I suggested it would be two weeks before I could ride, but it was a week ago today. Here's what it looked like a week ago, the day they arrived home:
And here we are today, same back corner you can see above:
The footing wasn't good enough to do more than walk, but I love walking and could do it for hours. We did a little leg yield and shoulder in, both ways and after a bit he got reasonably supple. We also did some small circles, keeping our rhythm. It was challenging on the rough ground, but fun. He was good as gold and it's the first time he's been ridden outside since Nov. or Dec., and the first time he's been ridden in about 10 days. Not bad for a five year old (almost six - another month).
We did a little ground work and I'm benefiting from the feed back I got on it, but we really need to get outside the fence to work in areas he is a little more 'hot'. Today wasn't the day for that - I want to get him back to regular work before taking him outside his comfort zone (no need to invite trouble).Joan will start our lessons in a couple of weeks. Can't wait!