I did indeed have a lesson on Saturday morning, but I was quite sick and still feel sick and cedar fever is real, people. Interestingly (to me, anyway), I had an excellent lesson. Why is it every time I get film, Eli is cantankerous, and whenever I don’t get film, he’s a saint? It probably doesn’t actually look much different, but it does feel different. And on this particular Saturday, I was so very grateful that Eli was “on” when I was sick because I think it otherwise could have been disastrous. Maybe when I’m sick, I’m less demanding and Eli is therefore more obliging? It doesn’t take much to “over-ride” Eli, so maybe I’ll try harder to remember what I always try to remember anyway, and that is to let Eli do his thing under saddle and not pick and pick and pick.
I felt slightly better Sunday, but instead of just taking Eli on a long walk like usual, I did a short but intense flat work session. Mainly, we worked on counter canter. Eli felt fantastic. Totally listening, agreeing with everything I asked. I called it a day. And since lessons and horse shopping were going on in both rings, calling it a day after a short ride was the way to go.