On Wednesday, I had my last lesson with her and my last ride in America for a long time. I was given the privilege of riding my choice of mule. I chose to ride CR Moxie J, the mule who won Dressage, Western Dressage, and English Pleasure at Bishop Mule Days last week.
As I rode, I focused on keeping my body balanced, since any unbalance could affect my riding. When that was in place, I asked for forward, rhythmic gaits. I tried to keep an elastic connection between my hands and the bit, giving to Moxie slightly when he gave to the bit and became soft and round. It was so amazing when he did so. Because of the soft connection and roundness, I could allow him to stretch when I took a few moments to walk and catch my breath. He stretched so nicely; it felt great.
I worked on a lot of circles. At one point of the ride, after I had ridden each gait many times, I rode each 20 meter circle in the arena one after the other(not a serpentine; I stayed on the same rein in this exercise). I started at the walk worked up to doing the exercise in the canter. When I kept a soft connection and the right amount of bend in Moxie's neck and body, things felt extraordinary. It was amazing how effortlessly Moxie could do things.
I'm so happy that I had such an amazing last ride in America on an amazing mule. I'll miss riding mules when I go to Sweden. They're such amazing creatures, and I hope to tell European equestrians about them.