9 degrees is cold enough to lightly work the horses and call it a day! With my free time, I am renewing memberships and putting together paperwork for the upcoming show season. Focusing on the show season keeps me motivated and on track for my spring goals with the horses. I reread the Third Level tests last night and was tired enough that I thought it was asking for a shoulder in, ten meter 1/2 circle, half-pass to an immediate shoulder in. Reason #500 to read and practice your test ahead of time!
I am always excited to use test movements -- not just to confirm that the horse is ready for the level, but because it improves you/your horse every time you ride through it and is so mastefully designed that there is no better way to confirm you don't have any hole.