....it is not a brilliant plan to schedule a lesson the morning after you get back from a weeklong vacation where not only did you not ride at all, but also you did basically ZERO physical activity. Oh and your horse had a week off and spent it stuffing her face in a round bale the whole time. Yeah. I make poor life choices, haha. However, there's a local schooling show at the end of the month I'm considering sending off an entry for, and I didn't want to let the weekend pass without scheduling a lesson -- and new trainer was going to be gone at a clinic Saturday/Sunday, so a Friday lesson it was! I had already taken the day off work (wanted to give myself a travel buffer in case we had any issues), so off we went!
|She is so ridiculously shiny, even with not having been groomed in... an embarrassingly long time lol.
DH came with, so I do have some media! He took like 650 photos and several video clips, and I DO NOT have the energy to go through all of those carefully, so I just grabbed a few that jumped out at me. Ruby came out like she'd had no time off (bless her and her wonderful brain), and I did okay for the first half of the lesson, but SERIOUSLY ran out of steam for the second half. Which, naturally, was when we were working on the canter, and when I really needed the energy, haha.
|Not even a little bit mad about this trot
|We struggled a bit more to the right (which is our usual issue), but definitely still had some nice moments. It got worse towards the end of the lesson when we were both tired.
|The canter was... zoomy, lol. But she is getting more and more willing to let me influence it and we had some really nice moments. Also now she's stepping up into it like a grown up trained horse, per our work two weeks ago, ha.
|I really just enjoy the hell out of this horse, in case you can't tell.
I'm starting to get the same adjustability in the left lead canter that I seem to have an easier time accessing in the right lead, although the right lead depart is still hella sketch when we're tired, but I hope that by this weekend with some good rides in between lessons that it will be more accessible. New trainer had plenty of good things to say again about our progress, and that she can see how hard we're working and that at each lesson there are definite improvements :) and she still loooooooves Ruby <3 heart eyes. More nice comments on her topline and her neck and just her general willingness.
Today I'm going to print out the latest tests and an entry for that show and start thinking on if/what we should enter!