The indoor ring is having a new sprinkler system added. I think Trainer A is going to host a party when she can use it for the first time. Today and tomorrow are the days that the arena is closed, so everyone had lessons out on the trails today. This included me and Mr. Just Back Into Work. I'm a good sport (aka more balls than brains) so I hopped on and followed the trainer out onto the trails.
We trotted a good bit on the way out and tried a bit of canter. Since I didn't ride Theo in the canter since Abby the Abscess showed up, I went first to avoid any possible racing. Theo cantered slow enough that Juice Box the pony was trotting behind him. Once we got out in the open, I practiced trotting and cantering mi papi away from his friend. He actually handled it quite well and cantered with some enthusiasm up the long, gradual hill.
Once back in the woods, Trainer A and the pony were back in the lead. On the even footing, Trainer A announced that I'd be fine and set off for a breeze. I think if we had any spectators, the scene would have looked like this:
Everytime I think I've got everyone convinced that I'm ready to be a DQ, I find myself back at the eventing game. Why doesn't anyone believe me when I say I'm ready to live life in the sand box?