The ponies got pretty new fly masks.
Yesterday I rode in my new saddle, FINALLY.
I like it. It's very comfy and fits Princess well. I do feel like I'm tipping forward a bit, but I also tend to ride with my hip too closed... when I open up more, it's fine. I might also change the shims in the ThinLine pad to see if that makes a difference. I took off the velcro knee blocks (which are ENORMOUS) and much prefer it that way.
I'm not sure I like the stirrup leathers I bought. They're the Ovation "webber" style leathers. For some reason, they seem less stable than normal leathers. Maybe I just need to get used to them? Or I may put some saddle tite on the inner side to keep them still on the saddle.
We tried picking up the canter like normal (in a corner, then circling) with no luck.. I asked him in the far corner so we could go down a long side, and he was able to get it. I stopped him at the end of the long side and suddenly remembered.... I forgot to put in his ear plugs! Ooops!
We tried the canter on a circle again and we were both floundering. BO came out and agreed that he's having a hard time circling, and suggested making the circle longer so he has a few strides of going straight. And what do you know, he picked it up and held it until I asked him to stop.
He was a pretty good boy, especially considering that I got on, rode for a minute, dismounted, changed a couple things, remounted, dismounted, changed again, remounted, and finally rode.
When I took the saddle off, the sweat marks were nice and even, so that's a good sign!