Length of Ride: Probably about 10 minutes.
Location of Ride: Arena
Notes on Ride: I'm sad I didn't have time to ride longer. It was a nice ride to start off my February Challenge. I spent a lot of time at the mounting block. Apollo was being quite obedient but I had to really get myself into the right frame of mind before I put my foot in the stirrup. I was so nervous! I was very pleased with him once I mounted. He didn't spook/bolt or pull any other shenanigans. He did pop in a few trot strides towards the end of our very brief ride but was easily brought down to a walk. Ten minutes of walking was a nice place to start, I really didn't want to dismount! I spent a lot of time praising him. I find that I can be very nit-picky and I really want to make my riding time fun/positive for both of us. I read this blog post by one of my favorite bloggers and was keeping in mind not to "ride like my mother" http://annablakeblog.com/2014/01/31/do-you-ride-like-your-mother/.
Notes for Next time: Continue to give lots of praise. I'll try to give myself more time next time.
Here's the big man after our little ride today!
Munching on a carrot:
Curious about what I'm doing my tack box....bringing another carrot hopefully: