People sometimes ask me which of my horses I like best. I always tell them I don't have a favorite, and it's still true and maybe even more so than it's been. I've had three really outstanding rides on my three over the past three days, and they were each so excellent in their own way - when I debate in my mind which horse I like to ride the most, there's no answer, since they're all so excellent.
A couple of days ago, my back was sore (too much poop shoveling, I guess), so I only rode Pie and we only rode at the walk - letting my back move with him at the walk helped ease the soreness. We were by ourselves, and walked all around a couple of the big pastures. He walked along on a loose rein, went where ever I wanted with no effort at all on my part, and was relaxed and forward at the same time. We went all over, and went way back in one of the pastures well out of sight of the barn. He called once, but just kept right on motoring. It was very nice and very, very relaxing. We stopped for our usual drink at the water tank, and he did his charming "big drink - tongue sucking - big drink" thing - it always delights me.
Yesterday, Red and I had a fantastic ride. We started in the indoor and did a lot of very nice trot and canter work, and then went outside. We walked all around the big pasture by ourselves - there was a lot of noise and machinery for the road work on the adjacent highway but he was relaxed and happy. At the top of the hill a hundred yards or so from the barn, we did a bunch of very nice trot sets with lots of figures and some straight line more forward trot - he was completely soft and very responsive while also very forward - a lovely combination. Then we motored on a loose rein back to the indoor and did a bit more trot and canter work. It was just delightful.
This morning, Dawn and I had an excellent ride too. It had gotten much cooler overnight - I think the low was near 40F. Dawn was very happy with the temperature, and was quite forward but very responsive. We worked in all three gaits, and she was such a pleasure to ride - very soft and using herself nicely from behind. We finished with some short/long trot work, and she gave me some very energetic collected trot with a slow cadence but great power - another delightful ride.
Who can say which one is best - I certainly can't!