Lesson #1: The big theme of this lesson was that Emi's default response to pressure is to charge forward. This has always been true, even as a foal. This resulted in a lesson of "running over me is never the answer." Oops! KB did comment that Emi will learn to piaffe very easily as she was already offering the idea as KB was working on other stuff with her.
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Fast forward to today, lesson #3: night and day difference! Not only did we keep the "you don't run me over" part of lesson number #1 but we also had the "you must respond when you are asked something" from lesson number #2. Emi was a bit nervous but a good kind of nervous, reactive but not stupid. The progressed from her yielding her hind quarters, to doing it in side reins so her neck was more straight, to doing nice "leg yields." It was awesome! From there, as she was getting Emi more engaged and crossing over Emi sat down! Her butt dropped and she traveled along like a Grand Prix horse for a 4-5 steps. This happened a couple of times and was so impressive! We also saw hints of piaffe again. I think the stinker pony is more talented than I expected! This time Emi wasn't sweaty at all! I'm so glad we gave it one more shot. Our plan is to incorporate 10-15 minutes per lesson and then ride the rest of the lesson. I will try to get some video next time so you can see what I'm talking about but it was seriously cool.