Princess River really is a princess. Not a tough, independent princess like Jasmine from Aladdin. More of a "Princess and the Pea" princess.
River got to wear his brand new pad tonight!
Riding, he was was pretty good. I only got him to canter once, and it was kinda rough. I think I'm trying too hard and messing him up, because he picks up the canter just fine on the longe. But at the same time, when I'm quite obviously, albeit messily, asking for the canter, he should pick it up. I didn't want to overdo it and get into a situation that could get yucky, so I gave up on the canter and worked on transitions instead. We did a ton of walk - trot - walk - trot, then trot - halt - trot - halt. This was to A. get him listening to my aids; and B. using his magnificent butt.
I mean, really, he does have a fantastic butt. Look at this butt:
Gosh, I'm just looking at his butt and getting overwhelmed by how lovely it is. Let's have a moment of silence to honor River's butt.
Okay, now that we have paid proper tribute to River's Magnificent Ass.
Look how sweaty he got! I'd like to say I worked him hard, but it was also pretty warm out, so I can't take full credit.