Well and truly, and so far I've managed a grand total of....2 rides. Ok so we're not off to a roaring good start but the up side is the second ride I improved my time by 30 seconds, so that's cool yeah? However, tonight I had a really, really nice ride. I haven't done a proper schooling dressage ride since monsoon dickface 2016 (AKA, when I tried to take my horse to a show) so tonight I sucked it up and told V to come shout at me while I rode to make sure I actually schooled him properly. It was really nice, we had some lovely canter work, and just a really nice responsive horse. We even had the easiest, longest right canter I think we've ever had (which was during my 2 pointing because I effing nailed it with up and down transitions in both directions, boom).
While we were grooming V mentioned how flat his back was and how she imagined he must be super comfy bareback, so when it came to cooling down I took his saddle off, threw her up and she trot and walked him around to cool him down. He was super for her and they looked super cute!