It was boiling hot this morning but I had a lovely time on Mr D. I feel so fortunate to be able to ride him. I spent the session getting to know him, under the watchful eye of his owner who knows him inside out. He's a real school master and although no longer young (21) he's a delight to ride. We did a lot of early work in walk but putting in lots of serpentines, circles and bits of easy lateral work to help his suppleness and encourage him to use his back end. He tends to drop his outside shoulder and use the outside of the arena to balance so we did lots of trot work on an inner track so I could get the feel of picking his shoulder up, which immediately improved his trot. I find his canter easier than the trot so as it was so darn hot we focused on the trot work and walk, lots of transitions between and within the paces. He has a tendency to curl up and I have a tendency to use too much hand so lots of soften, push to the bit and just leave him alone! This older boy is going to teach this old lady quite a lot. Just love him.