After almost 2 weeks since my last ride, I was a bit nervous. Lunging went OK after Sister worked off a bit of excitement and she gave me fairly good Whoa's and reverses. Mounted, we warmed up with long trot before working on SLOW. I concentrated on sitting deep and keeping my hands as steady as possible and we worked for collection, straightness, and (as needed) bend. The work went well - we got fairly good - if a little fast - jog and I quit with a little backing. No nerve for canter after the long break and growing dark.
After lunch at Graham's, we dropped horses back at the Wild O Ranch and headed to Cheval Lake so Alaina could give Sister a try.
Sister gave Alaina the usual resistance at the beginning but they worked through it. Since Alaina is interested in Western, C helped her with slow - sitting deep and steady hands. They were able to canter both ways without kickout. Yeah! Much work still needed before Alaina and Sister are show-ready, but...
Sunday and the normal OK winter weather returned. Darn. But, since it was 'almost 40' and the big winter storm was still out to the NW, Alaina gave Sister another workout with more success. Followed up with S'mores around the campfire lakeside.