Not much more refreshing than saddling up the big hunter man & passenger-riding. That's about what it felt like, too. I saddled him Western, admitting we hadn't ridden together in a while.
Phenominal! Rode for about 45 minutes, which seemed longer because of all we accomplished. Walk, trot, canter, with a good canter-right, our longest yet. I got a few trips all the way around the arena canter-left, and right. =) After some trot work, I deliberately put my hands down on his neck for a short canter circle both ways. Headed left, he picked up the right lead. o O ( Oh shoot! It's wrong... need to down transition, need to look up, oh here comes the corner, we'll fix it after the corner. ) O o Ransom showed me how smart he really is, with a flying change in the corner to the left-lead. :) How freaking cool! We got in a little canter-left and a little canter-right transitions up & down without the saddle horn, which is a good step towards my dressage saddle.
It was a busy day otherwise, with house chores, running errands, and an hour hot stone massage at the spaaaaaaaa... LOL For folks that get the pleasure of hearing me when I talk about the spaaaaaa, that spelling makes more sense. :) For the rest of you, spread the end of that word out really long, and use your most relaxing tone of voice, and you'll get close.