This week the ponies went away for a few days which meant Galahad and I were able to have our first lesson in months. It had to be after work which meant Galahad was also ridden under lights for the first time ever. He has never been particularly keen on things like torches which I have always assumed is because he can’t see anything behind them. I wasn’t at all sure what he would think of the floodlights but actually he wasn’t too bad. We had a bit of stopping and staring and quite a lot of bending away from the lights but he settled pretty quickly.
I was very pleased with him. He was looking at everything very carefully but felt very relaxed and not as if he might explode at any moment. My instructor was impressed with him too and thought he was moving better than the last time she saw him which was very gratifying. I was paranoid for a few days before that he would have stiffened up again. In fact the only problem – and is wasn’t really an issue – was that he is starting to grow more of a winter coat and is obviously not as fit as he was a few weeks ago when I could ride every day. He did get a bit tired but was working hard.
We even managed a little bit of jumping which of course Galahad enjoyed very much. Again my instructor could see an improvement in him. At one fence we saw a really long stride but he now has the strength to keep going and not send everything flying.
It was a very good lesson and I came away feeling very positive. Looking forward to the next one now!