I know by now he wasn't real happy to see me, but the weather was way to awesome to not ride, and Ransom deserved a day off. So I grabbed Romeo, and suited him up in my dressage saddle. No extra padding, he's wide enough. With just a light square pad, the saddle is just a hint narrow, but really fit good enough.
Rode him English bit, walk, trot, canter. He had an awful time picking up canter-right, but kept the gait steady & controlled. I actually got to canter low end circle and center circle, transitioning down to trot just with a heavy breath. How cool!!
Rode him at these harder gaits for about 30 minutes. I'm sure he'll be happy with the break. I focused on him getting up & moving, while trying to see if I could sit & push him at the trot (can do), and restrict his running-off at the canter (can do). Need to try to translate these body positions now to Ransom.
Romeo will appreciate the next few days off, I'm sure.