It was right in the middle of the trail, frozen in place and hoping we didn't see it. Bear walked around sniffing things and waiting for us to continue. I decided to let the bunny have the trail and start heading for home. I was lucky, it started to rain while I was tacking Rocky up and it stopped in time for us to head out for the ride. I didn't want to end up at the far end of the trail if it started to pour- my poor leather saddle!
We trotted up a gravelly, sandy hill and out to the open. Here there was a fence line along the back of some pastures, nice even ground for cantering. I have been wanting to canter along the fence here, up a bit of a hill, and then along the next pasture. Today, we did it! I circled Rocky in a grassy area at a trot and then a canter, making sure that he was listening to me.
He wanted to canter back but he listened right away to my cues, so I let him canter. He was a little fast at first, and I reminded myself to keep riding him; don't freeze up. We made it up the hill and he started to slow, flicking his ears and asking if I wanted to trot. I nudged him on and he gave me a lovely canter down the rest of the fence. I turned him around and cantered back down the line, then walked down the hill to the start. We turned around again, and cantered the whole way back down the fence! I must have had the biggest smile on my face- I felt confident and he was with me all the way. I love my horse!