Progress has less to do with speed and more to do with direction.
Emi and I have been struggling recently. A few hard rides and a tough lesson left me a little down. Then we went to the trail course and had a wonderful time. Since then we have had two good rides. One of those was tonight, when we completed ride #60. I think we are back on track and ready for clinic with JW next weekend!
Besides a change of scenery on Saturday, I started her back on a calming supplement. Between the weather change and the shorter days she just seemed to be on edge. It may be just a coincidence that she's been way more settled since starting the supplement...but either way I'm taking it!
I was reflecting tonight on the progress we have made. Sometimes it feels like we aren't moving very fast, but when I look back I can see how fast it has really gone. She's gone from a brand new foal to knowing how to halter, lead, groom, load, tie, stand for the farrier, bath, clip, pony, lunge, and now ride. Speaking of clipping, I clipped her bridle path a few nights ago and she was the best she has ever been. I did still twitch her but I think we are almost to the point where I can do it with out the twitch. I'd say we are heading in the right direction!