True that, especially this winter. It has been unusually mild with a lot more rain than snow and a couple of hideous(think under 5 degrees) cold snaps thrown in for good measure. All of this has led to being stuck in my teeny tiny indoor(think under 20 meter circle) because of sloppy and/or slick footing. Then this happened.
We've had a string of 60+ days with no rain. In February. A first for me after living in the mid-west for nearly twenty years. I mowed my grass dressage court. I spread most of my winter manure pile. I basked around in a tank top. And, most importantly, I rode outside for the first time in months. I thought it might go something like this.
But I was wrong. Basically, Jet was foot perfect for all three rides. Relaxed, but with enough energy, balanced and aligned, a dreamboat. We practiced a couple of simple dressage tests and they were quite obedient and good. We even walked around the full property on a loose rein in a snaffle after every ride and he was quiet. I know cooler weather is headed our way, but it was so nice to have confirmation that the TRT Method principles and the Dressage Naturally work in a small area carry over into the outside work. And I got some much needed vitamin D! Bliss, and something to tide me over for what is probably coming soon.