I had lunch with my family who was harassing me about my lesson plans. "Are you really going to a lesson today?" "Your eyes aren't even open!" "You better double or triple check that you hook up the trailer correctly," and finally "have you already paid for it?" Yes, yes I have already paid for it and I've already missed two lessons recently and darn it I'm going!
Emi and I arrived with plenty of time before our ride. She was a little distracted but she's really a rock star traveler these days. It's so nice! We gave an update of the things we've been working on, which in a nutshell is that the mare must respond to my aids. Wash, rinse, repeat. Wouldn't you know, the mare brought her A game. She beautifully demonstrated much more forward thinking and better attitude throughout the work. I felt like I was riding a legit dressage horse! Show me a leg yield, ride this figure, shoulder in down the rail, change directions, repeat. Ride a four loop serpentine; "good geometry." Since when is my geometry good? Now canter at A.
We did tons of canter transitions, several on the short side and also at B or E. Emi got several spankings for bucking in response to my aids. When we finally sorted that out a little bit we were directed to a 15m canter circle and then to a shallow canter loop down the long side. This was a first time for us and it went pretty well! We continued to work those canter transitions although there was more bucking we also saw some really nice progress in response to the schooling.
We discussed the fact that she's not being punished for mistakes, she's being punished when she's naughty. She picked up the wrong lead at one point (mistake), I brought her quietly back and she struck off beautifully from there. After one particularly good effort I brought her right to a halt and gave her a cookie. We let her have a nice walk break and asked the question again. She gave me another fabulous answer. Woohoo! We then did a short amount of trot work, which was so lovely and effortless. It's amazing what a little help will do. My goal of ending the year with a first level pony feels like it's not too far away and I'm so encouraged and ready to keep working!
|All sweaty - this girl worked hard today!|
|The view when I came home|