|Obligatory cross tie pic of pretty Q mare|
Ride number 2 last night was Audrey. Audrey mare wasn't feeling the love for riding under the lights, so she was a bit more spooky and backed off than before (the arena lights seem to make it so they are almost always making shadows in front of you. Shadow horses blocking our path are scary, says Audrey. I am a princess and I do not work after dark.) So, job one? Getting Audrey in front of the leg. A task I'm actually quite proficient at due to Bridget. Where did this brave rider come from who is willing to gallop spooky Audrey around the arena on a loose rein to "warm up"? No clue, but let's hope she sticks around for a bit.
Almost the entire lesson consisted of canter. Canter/trot 1 stride/canter transitions to start, followed by a brief walk break to plead with me to please, please please keep my shoulder back and STOP giving with the outside rein. Then, shoulder in on the circle, in canter. Followed by more pleading re: that pesky shoulder. Followed by collecting and extending the canter, and yours truly finally staying strong and tall in my upper body, putting the pieces together, and riding better. We finished with a tiny bit of collected trot, because A can pretty much sit and trot on the spot and give you that feeling of bringing the trot up and bigger but not making the strides smaller. I can string together a few nice strides on Bridget, but it was cool to feel how much power I really need to create to help keep it consistent and balanced.
Another great ride. I feel like it's been a very steep learning curve this week! I'm incredibly grateful to EC and Audrey for the opportunity to get a better feel for what I can do as a rider to help Bridget out.
But, I'm missing my Bridget! She's been doing her best to be adorable and get my attention. I'm HER person, and Bridget is very funny about things like that. She's also been standing at the gate watching my every move with the other two and making nasty faces at them. Likely she's concerned they are stealing her treat supply and scratches, but I'll pretend it's because we have a magical connection and she can't wait to get back to work. Fingers crossed she's feeling better soon.