Instead, I decided that the Thigh Master had potential. We started to get along. He stopped throwing massive temper tantrums, I got back into shape. I learned to sit, he learned to go forward. Both of us compromised on some things because we were having a lot more fun together than we were with other partners. And then I truly lost my mind and bought the lazy, opinionated pony.
Today we had what I refer to as a dressage hopping lesson. This is where Trainer A sets up some jumps to jazz up our dressage exercises. As we're working on getting Theo to fill in the outside rein, she set up two fences on a 15m turn. Fences throw it into sharp relief when you don't keep the balance all the way through your half circle. I sat to my fences and Theo carried me forward with enthusiasm. We had some trouble when we switched to his sticky right lead, but with a few reps we got it sorted and I had yet another lesson that resulted in aching abs from keeping up with his big, correct effort.
I never would have imagined this when I decided to casually pick up riding again. I'm really looking forward to our big show in two weeks. I think mi papi is going to surprise a lot of people that think they know him. Expect the Unexpected is living up to his name.