Sunny practically stuffed his head into the halter, which surprised me given yesterday's ride. But considering he'd had a good roll in the mud at some point during the night he may just have wanted a good brushing. Thankfully, the mud was pretty much a surface thing and he cleaned up in fairly short order.
Which was good, because I wanted to try his "new" bridle on for size.
New to him, that is - Ebay is a marvelous place on occasion. After pricing quality English bridles new, I did some checking and found this one. It's used, but in lovely condition - a full-size Crosby XL headstall sans bit & reins. Not exactly for a song, but for what I would have spent on a mid-quality bridle I have something that's really nice and will last a long time if I take care of it. The reins were a separate listing, but they're also Crosby, new, and a perfect match. Although I'm pretty sure they're cob-size, that suits me (and Sunny) just fine because his neck's so short. Paired with a spare full-cheek bit with keepers that was gathering dust in my tack box, I have a lovely bridle for showing should we actually get that far.
He's really fuzzy, but he's starting to shed. With his sleek spring coat and a bridle path clipped, I'm thinking he'll look pretty sharp.
Photo-session wrapped, I hopped on and off we went. Sunny was much less forward than yesterday, walking off rather than bouncing right into a trot first thing. Lower energy level or not, I stuck with the same routine as yesterday - lots of transition work, but since he settled faster we did a few more canter transitions and some two-point as well. Another solid hour of riding - wheee!
I'm still debating what I want to do tomorrow - it's supposed to be nice again, so I could take Sunny for my lesson, or I could ride him earlier and then go have a lesson on one of Eric's.... On one hand, I'd like feedback on how Sunny's progressing. But on the other hand riding Dancer has really helped me consistency-wise with feeling where all my body parts need to go and when. Decisions, decisions...