Last Saturday, I was up and at 'em bright and early for my lesson! DH decided to accompany me, so plenty of media, hooray!
|Ruby being the best girl, as she does.
I know I'm a broken record but I love love LOVE being able to ride with new trainer (almost) every week, I can just give her a quick high level overview of what's happened between lessons and then we jump right in! I continue to be baffled by how much better Ruby goes in the lessons (unless it's really just that I ride that much better when she's watching me? I DON'T KNOW). Our previous lesson homework had been to keep chipping away at our right bend consistency issues, and I didn't feel like I had made that much progress, and then in this lesson Ruby was like "bend right? okay yes ma'am!" -- it still needs work and definitely isn't as consistently reliable as tracking left, but it was worlds better than the work I felt like we were doing at home.
|DH also got quite a bit of video footage and WOW she is getting so consistently good tracking left <3
|Right lead canter is very nice once I can get her into it and remind Ruby that we stay supple on both reins throughout, lol.
|These were in the far corner and so dark I initially thought they weren't salvageable - I was able to lighten them up enough to see but it blew out pretty much all the color. Ah well.
|This one looks really vintage lol
He also got some useful video clips, both on his phone and from the DLSR, so I'll toss a few of those down below (although half the time it seems like they don't show up on the actual blog but they show up in feedly? Idk I don't have the energy to fuck with blogger any more this week lol).
New trainer and I talked again about the schooling show at the end of the month (and another one more local to new trainer in mid-November) -- we ran through several of the pieces from 1-1 and 1-2 in the lesson, and I think they're all doable, so I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and just do it. What's the worst that can happen? (don't tell me, I've already imagined it in excruciating detail lol). I am a little bummed I probably won't get to take another lesson before the show - this weekend I'll be in Indiana hanging out with Jen, the weekend after that new trainer will be gone, and the weekend after that is the show -- unless I can make it up there one evening after work? If I had everything prepped so all I had to do was run home, change clothes, and throw Ruby in the trailer, I could possibly make it work. We'll see!