Completely, thoroughly, absolutely, 100% had a GREAT time on the hunter pace:) For starters, my boy has never been so GOOD. From the very beginning, when we set off he was walking on a loose rein. NOT jigging, not trotting, but walking ... on a loose rein. He led our little trio from start to finish, and jumped every coop from the little one (2'6), to the big one (3'6). He crossed the creek without jumping it, he walked through mud puddles without hesitation, and was just overall a perfect gentleman.
Now, it's unavoidable that we can complete a hunterpace with what looked like 100+ horses without having other groups pass us. When we got passed, he started to sweat. He was dry as a cucumber for about the first 20 minutes, but then we got passed up. He threw a teeny little jiggy fit and got some seriously sweaty hair, but he settled down and we were able to cross the finish line at a walk ... still on a loose rein! Our trotting was the BEST it's ever been. Big, full of suspension, and completely in control. Seriously, I don't know what happened, but I had a different horse than I've had in the past.
It's time for me to make some serious plans for a horse trial; I want to go Novice. I'm thinking May will probably be a good month to shoot for. Janet lesson this week if the weather cooperates, Gigi clinic on the 20th, and a body clip for this week. It was just a spectacular day, LOVED it!:)