|Nice and cozy|
|I hate mud!|
Although I love the closeness of riding bareback unfortunately Cupid is just not that comfortable. Our new bareback pad seems to be a good compromise. Sometimes when I come out before work I'm pressed for time, so I just put the bareback pad and bridle on and ride him around the property for 20-30 minutes. Sometimes I just put the reins directly on the halter, but lately we've been working on the contact with the bit and I figure that's something we can continue to work on even outside the arena. With the pad I've even done a little trotting. It also came in handy when Cupid got startled first by a mail truck that came whipping around the corner up the drive, and then a worker popped out of the hay barn with a shovel over his shoulder. Cupid is not spooky, but he did shy sideways a little. But he was good and didn't do anything too crazy, and the suede pad helps add a little grip!