Happiness in its purest form! Took Birdy for a veeeeery short ride, first time I've been on her since November last year (excluding her photoshoot in January).
I'm guessing we only went about 200m, which I know doesn't sound like anything but is for Birdy with all her body issues to consider. It was 200m of absolute freedom! And she was so happy and eager once we started walking (obviously Birdy had to first sniff out treats from anyone in the surroundings first). She felt so confident and strong underneath me - for once her body felt co-ordinated, with a strong rhythm in her stride flowing from the back to the front.
I still won't be riding her that much as I want to focus on ground work through winter (to rebuild her topline and also groundwork is better for her arthritis), however as long as she remains sound and comfortable we'll be enjoying short rides every once in while when she's up for it!
Thanks so much to @clairelovesjack for the photo!