Double edged sword. GA needs rain ... badly. However, since I STILL don't have a ring to ride in, I haven't been able to ride in a week. Today, I said the heck with it! The pasture I ride in wasn't too bad, so I brushed out the rain and dirt, and longed him first just to be safe. He was his normal, calm self. So ... I got on bareback. Oh. My. Gosh. I will spare the embarassing details about how that was the MOST PAINFUL thing I've ever done to myself on purpose, lol. I managed to stay on about 5 minutes, and NO TROTTING! :) I think he still needs to put on a few lbs before I try that little trick again. Kudos to the boy, though, he walked on the buckle twice around the pasture and only jigged twice when big, scary trucks roared down the road. He is such a good boy, I just love him! I plan to ride tomorrow after work; the only thing in my way is the forecast which is calling for possible showers tomorrow, so I'm just hoping things hold off until at least 4. At that point, it can rain all it wants!