Phoenix and I had a wonderful ride today. I did lunge him first just to make sure that he was okay, and there were tons of people on the farm so once I saw that he was in a good place I got on and rode around for about half an hour. I didn’t want to push it because of yesterday. I could tell he was sore. I was fine though. Not nervous or worried at all. Go figure. We did what I call his “hunter hack” and basically just putzed around the ring enjoying the nice day. There was no spooking, and no even thinking about spooking. My trainer is coming by for a lesson on Monday so that should help, but I honestly am just going to chalk yesterday up to a bad ride. I do have a lot going on in my life right now (I have some password protected posts coming) so maybe my stress level was impacting Phoenix? I did just get his teeth done in Feb. so I don’t think that is it. My saddle doesn’t fit him all that well anymore (yeah, not thrilled about that) so maybe that is playing a part of it? I was thinking that I may have also hit him with my whip by accident. I do that by accident once in a while (sorry Phoneix!) without even realizing it. Usually in lessons when I am working really hard, but I was working really hard yesterday. I don’t have a steady hand to begin with so add to that concentrating on something and it is just not good. I am so happy I had a wonderful relaxing ride today!