Ruby is finally becoming so accustomed to our (nearly) weekly lessons that I think the honeymoon period has worn off and she's no longer constantly on her best behavior 😂 which is actually fine by me! It's a lot easier for me to get tools to deal with her evasions if my trainer can actually SEE said evasions, lol.
|A balmy 19 degrees when I loaded up 🥶
|We got quite a bit of snow Saturday morning, so I had scheduled my lesson for Sunday, hoping the roads would be better by then. They mostly were!
Sunday's lesson Ruby was totally game for all our initial trot work and felt great, but she got a little obstinate when we added a new exercise - a 20m circle at the walk in the center of the arena, with a 360 degree turn on the forehand when we crossed centerline and continue on the walk circle. To the left, she got a little sassy but we got it done (and it eventually got pretty decent!) and then to the right she got a little claustrophobic in the contact and decided to get light in the front. It's not an evasion she pulls out often but it's there and I don't particularly enjoy it (since I generally ride alone at home). But at least new trainer got a chance to see it so we worked through that (I don't want Ruby to learn that rearing gets her out of something she thinks is hard) and then moved on to a different exercise to give her a break. To the left, we incorporated the same exercise but adding in trot and canter in between the turns on the forehand and it really, really helped the adjustability of the canter.
|DH stayed home to finish the furniture restoration you saw in Wednesday's post, so again, light on media.
|Her snow mustache, I die.