The goal was to do more bitless riding but I wanted to get a workout in first and make sure I had a listening mareface. Lunged, tacked up, we got in a nice ride with our normal tack set up with plenty of stretchy forward trot and a little cantering. I made a point to work a lot on my sitting trot, which I haven't done in a long time. My core burned fire at the end of the night but steady improvement noted. I can keep my seat pretty well during the jog, still some rough moments at the full working trot but I’ll get there.
Self-subjected torture complete, I hopped off and switched to the bitless bridle. It was our second time using it since I made it last year. Our first jaunt was a short 5 minute walk so this would be our first real ride. I tested for brakes first then off we went. As expected it was NBD, walk and trot just fine. She did have a couple stiff neck moments so I need to troubleshoot and see what is causing the issue. Other than that, awesome mare was awesome.
Maybe the act will be day-to-day, but I don't think that feeling will ever become routine.