It took a month longer than planned but it happened! My first lesson in over two years. Also my first ride on Theo since he was summarily thrown out of his barn and his job as a h/j horse which led to him needing some rehabilitation.
We waited to make sure we'd have good Theo. After his spring clip, evil spring Theo came out for an extended visit. The usual week of chaos around the equinox turned into two weeks of chaos with the early clip. After that he had a week that was mostly good but not consistent enough for Trainer Z to call it safe. This last week he was consistently very good so I got the green light to come out for my first 30 minute lesson.
I was so damn happy to be tacking and grooming my pony. He was so quite cute and cuddly, it's like we never spent a day apart. I swung on and settled in. After a few seconds, Theo recognized the babbling creature on his back and stretched out into this long, chill walk. Trainer Z was in the middle of the ring, his girl had cookies, Theo knew the drill.
We walked, we trotted, we cantered. We even leg yielded and shoulder-in'd. Trainer Z is mostly occupied with us getting our groove back and my confidence being rebuilt but she's also taking this as a chance to rebuild me. I'm very out of riding shape and Theo is completely tuned up. I only have to work on me so it's a unique opportunity to do something about my possessed hands and twisted position. Theo was a very good school pony for me and I was grinning in the canter work.
I'm scheduled for another lesson next weekend. This will hopefully be my new lesson time going forward. I'm so, so excited.