I groomed Shaggy, saddled, moved him around a few minutes to breathe so I could tighten the girth and got on. We went right to the field. With being so busy at the store, and no ride time since maybe late Oct/early Nov, he was a good boy. He put on some weight though, and it made me appreciate the feeling of “draping your leg” around the horse, as it’s so much easier to do on a fat horse!
I did work on a few things for a very short time. I realized, while trotting down the rows of a harvested corn field, that the corn stubble helps to keep the horse straight. If he doesn’t stay straight, then he’s catching himself on stubble. Shag has a natural straight way of going, so it is easy to work him on a straight away.
In the bean fields, you can see the rows, but there is none of the stubble restrictions or hazards, so traveling through these fields, the rider needs to stay more active. Then I thought that the same feeling should be true for the corn stubble field. Stay active and stay straight. Shag did pretty well staying light and straight at the trot through the beans.