Yesterday, I shortened the side reins, as I've noticed in the new bit, Harley's avoiding collected longe work. Ooooh, not anymore. He fought pretty good for the first few minutes, then settled in walk & trot. His canter started out nasty as well, but also settled down.
The ride was good. With the new canter-seat, he stayed in his circles nicely, and down the long sides just as well. I didn't ride as much canter, though. I could feel the tired in both of us.
His trot work was definitely better than it's been. Easy to get him up and moving out rather than a huge struggle.
I wish I could say the same for today.
Saddled up jump saddle, one crossrail set up. I couldn't get "go" if I bribed him. He was lazy, slow, lethargic, and really didn't want to go anywhere. He was plodding at the walk. He barely stepped over the "X", and his canter sure wasn't going more than a circle or two before breaking gait.
I blamed it on lots of days of work, and I was obviously starting to feel so many days of riding. I've ridden one or two a day for the last 13 of 15 (or so, at least). No wonder I'm wore down. Harley's had two days off or so. Again, no wonder he's tired.
He got a bath, a nice massage with it, clipped up, and all his goodies packed. I'm hoping tomorrow is a tiny bit cooler than today (or at least breezy), and I hope the change in scenery gets him motivated.
Hang on one more day, Harley. Then a couple off, I promise. We both need a little break.