This is what I do with Dominus almost every single day. Remember - he is only 3 years old! First I tack him up inside the barn.(put on the saddle, bridle and other equipment)
Then I lunge him inside an arena.(let him trot and canter upon my command around me)..first this way..
...and then that way. Hey - it is time to repaint that fence!
Then very carefully, I mount him, again inside the arena.
We go this way...
..and that way. Sometimes I have to duck to avoid getting strung up by my hair in the low hanging branches! Such a great picture of Dominus - what a shame I look like a Hunch Back!
If all goes well, I take him out into the open pasture that borders my neighbors farm.
We trot and canter in both directions. Some non-horsey people do not understand that just as we are either right or left handed - horses have easier diagonals and canter leads. They have to be taught to pick up the correct one upon command...at least if you plan on showing them! Dominus is very even in both directions. This is one nice horse!
It was a good workout and we are both very sweaty and tired. Now I take him back into the barn. The tack is removed and he gets a bath....and that is when my regular chores begin!Thankfully today though I got a big break. Don was home and he helped me feed and clean stalls. He was also the photographer of today's post. Thank you Honey!