I've been traveling for work so Cupid had the week off. I came back at midnight on Friday, after a 7 hour flight and 3 hour time difference and had a lesson at 8 the next morning. Cupid ambled over to the gate when he saw me coming, same as usual. I don't know if he missed me but I missed him! I tacked him up and we went to the arena to start warming up. I was joking about him being really fresh after a week off, but if anything he was actually extra lazy.
We had a good lesson. Our flatwork was primarily focused on getting a bigger trot. My trainer told me to stay in the up part of posting a moment longer to encourage Cupid to lengthen. Then we worked on jumping a grid. My task was to make sure Cupid was forward coming in to the jump, and to fold from my waist instead of stand up over the jump. The jumps were at a diagonal across the short side of the arena, and I don't like being so close to the wall. Turning left was easy but going to the right was a tighter turn, we couldn't really maintain the canter. Cupid was very good, but he seemed to get a little tired so we ended a few minutes early.
We had another lesson on Sunday. My trainer asked how Cupid felt and I thought he felt okay. But after another minute I asked if he was asking about the right front leg, he seemed to favor it just a bit. We did finish our lesson just took it a little easier. Our trainer said we need to focus on our flatwork before competing next year, which I know is true.
We are heading into the rainy season, so Cupid will probably be moving into a stall soon.