I put my third ride in on Emi on Sunday afternoon. We had a scoot/spook with in the first few minutes, while we were still not the lunge line. With the assistance of our ground person, April, we got stopped. We continued on like nothing happened and neither of us were worse for the wear. Later in our ride, when I was off the line, she spooked again but it was pretty much an in-place spook and it was totally legit as a dog came running around the open end of the arena right as we went by.
It's remarkable how quickly riding her is improving. I'm feeling more accustomed to her way of going and she's also quickly learning that the leg means something. I love how solid she already is, not overly sensitive or ticklish. I think she is going to develop into a lovely sport pony and can't wait to see the progress she will make over the next weeks and months.
Today we went for a trail walk that turned in to a bit of a trail ride. I didn't ride her too long but she was fabulous. I was so proud of her. I put her in the ditch and mounted from the ground. She walked forward nicely and was generally well behaved. Our trail partners were having a bit of a meltdown so I ended up hopping off after about 1/2 a mile. Regardless I'm calling ride number 4 a success.