You guys, I’m in love.
This baby mare’s brain is the best.
Ok, let me set the scene. It’s our second lesson and the arena is a bit crowded and chaotic, unlike last time. I had run June around a bit outside but she wasn’t interested. So, I bring her inside. She’s a bit more distracted so I lunge her a bit and then hop on. She’s still a bit distracted and high so I hop off and lunge about 15 more minutes.
Ok, that wasn’t why I love her so much. That part starts here.
I get back on her and she’s totally calm and relaxed and paying attention. Despite the fact that there is a new tent flapping in the wind outside, about ten RVs parked out that same door with people working on them, two horses in the arena, and someone coming in and out of the kitchen off of the arena, sometimes hauling a cart, sometimes hauling tons of boxes of who knows what.
We do some walk work and Sarah asks me to introduce the idea of bend. This means I have to do things like use my thigh and not my calf. That whole independent seat stuff.
Then we get to trotting!
We start on the lunge, and it goes like 5 million times better than last time. Probably because I am SO MUCH more relaxed but also because June’s a genius and better understands what is being asked of her. We trot both ways and occasionally I am brave enough to ask for her bigger trot. The trot is LOVELY but it’s hard to fully enjoy as I am worried she is going to stop, or spook, or buck. She did none of these things and by the end of the lunge work we had some really nice trot moments.
And then Sarah asked if I wanted to trot off the lunge line. Um, gulp. Um, ok
She wants us to pretend we’re still on the lunge and still circle around her. She just wants June moving forward and for us to keep a rhythm.
June was so good! Even when the next lesson’s rider hopped on her horse and started walking around, June stayed with me and listened to what I was asking. Was it perfect? No. But she was so easygoing about all of it. And she tried and she listened, and she exceeded my expectations.
I’m so excited to continue this work with her. I want to get comfortable at the trot so that I can be comfortable at her bigger trot, as it’s really fun and I need to let it happen.
So, YAY! Here’s to more and more trotting!