In terms of riding, Emi was a good girl and we worked more on turning and transitions. Who knew you could start perfecting transitions on ride number 5?! Realistically we are not perfecting them as much as installing good basics.Emi was stalling out every time we went from the trot to the walk. We did a few quick trot, walk, trot transitions before KB told me to be sure to swing my hips side to side going into the walk. Wouldn't you know the rest of the transitions that I rode that way I could feel myself ride her right into an active walk! That was really neat. We also worked on her going when asked and I used a dressage whip to tap her lightly for a prompt response. Of course there is a lot of praise each time a job is done right and our best trot/walk transition was the perfect note to end on.
One of my current favorite quotes is this:
A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but its persistence. - Jim Watkins
Not only is that true in horse training, but it's true in life. We just have to keep doing the work and slowly but surely we will see progress.