After a bout of bad weather, a move, and a period of bad footing, Jack hadn’t been ridden for a few weeks. With the snow all gone, it was time to get back to it. The weather was winy and cold, and my arena is located alongside a busy road. He wasn’t familiar with the new area so he was a bit wound up at first, but came back to me soon, and after double checking his lateral flexions and how he felt about me hopping up on his back, I was soon on with no problems.
He was a bit tight for a moment but then relaxed and lowered his head and neck. He bent laterally both directions well for one rein stops, and we did some little basic serpentines. He was pretty laid back and not upset by the traffic whizzing by or the wind in no time.