|At least the outfit was on point even if there were shenanigans, right? haha #priorities
|Some words of encouragement from the clinic organizer, who had watched her spinning around like a top over the lunch break as I tried to acclimate her to the arena.
|Audibly breathing, which is why I'm making such weird faces in most of the pics haha.
|I was scolded by my husband for my perpetual RBF (that's just what I look like when I concentrate!) so I had to try harder to smile the next day.
|Pretty representative of the first half -- either trotting at Mach 10 or giraffing.
|But we ended up here, so I was thrilled!
|Probably singing? Have to breathe to sing!
|Came out walking like this, instead of having to ride through an hour of a Tasmanian Devil impersonations first.
At the end of the ride, the clinician was very complimentary about the improvement from the beginning of session one to the end of session two, and she also had some thoughts on how complicated Cinna can be, and how she really tested a rider's ability to stay centered. I went in to the clinic hoping to get some techniques to help me bring her "down" when she's "up" so we can work together in a positive cycle instead of a negative one, and it definitely delivered.
|Still had to bust out the #dramaticSpanishmare signature move from time to time 🤷
|Even managed a little canter!
|This mare <3