The sunshine returned and so did my enthusiasm!
Chapsi and I took a walk up the lane after lumch, the first time for weeks due to the bad weather. We had an uneventful departure and aside from the odd snort we made it up to the turn into the woods without incident. We took our time and practised halts and standing still (oh that one is so hard) and double backed a couple of times...all of which he accepted wih good grace. The return journey started well but about half way home he panicked a bit and started calling. With hindsight it was probably a bit too long for our first outing in a while but we made it home in one piece and he really was pretty good considering how seldom he leaves the others.
I then took Moo in the school for some in-hand work; loosening the shoulders and quarters and some general stretching work. Then I got on and we worked similar exercises mounted. Sometimes his excess energy drives me nuts and it's a big effort not to be distracted by it but today I almost shut my eyes (truly only almost) and 'felt' where to move him...halt, rein back, yielding, shoulder-in, counter shoulder-in and it felt really good. Just finding the area he was avoiding working with and putting him into a position that worked that area, nothing exciting but oh it felt so lovely to be working 'properly' again.
The weather so far this winter has been dire for working outside, unlike last year, and it's driving me nuts; hope this dry spell may last at least a little while longer. Hope you all can enjoy some decent weather to play horses.