Summer weather was apparently very fleeting here; we went from winter the summer, and now its back to rainy spring weather. Day four, in a row, of rainy showery days. This makes for quite a bit of mud.
Stevie and I have been out working up and down the roads in between rain drops. I try to do less and less work in the arena before setting out- I don't like the idea of having to get my horse tired before she will behave herself! So, our arena sessions consist of some flexion, moving the hips, picking me up from the fence, desensitizing, and maintaining gait in the trot (no speeding up, slowing down, breaking, etc - I don't want to have to keep my leg on all the time, or continually half-halt to keep her in check. Horses can and should be responsible for staying in the gait they are placed!).