|Teeny dogs sunbathed in the window while I mainlined coffee.|
I started with Ruby, because I wanted to take some time to stretch out my stiffness and also run through the mental checklist I put together in my lesson in terms of where my body parts needed to go -- that's a lot easier on Ruby because as a general rule, she'll just pack and let me focus on me, without the silly baby shenanigans Cinna likes to bless me with occasionally, haha. Towards the end of the lesson Saturday, DT had told me to do as much work off the rail as possible, to keep both myself and Ruby honest into both reins, not being lazy and letting the rail do half the work for me. So after a nice loose walk to warm up, I just checked my buttons both ways up and down the quarterlines and diagonals, focusing just on me and my building blocks. Square turns off the leg were the name of the game, and Ruby was ON FIRE. I do love that horse, so much.
I mostly worked at the walk, because that's the easiest gait for me to work on my own position, but we did do a little trotting and a single circle of canter each way -- no issues with leads, hooray! Afterwards we hacked out... and guys, SO HAPPY. I haven't had time to update here, but within the last week I've hacked Ruby out more than once on a LOOSE REIN, basically back to how she used to hack out when we boarded with trails. IDK whatever in her brain knocked loose, but I don't have that awful, jigging, bolting, threatening to rear horse that she's been on my trails basically since I brought her home last December. We even flushed some deer last week and she just watched them bound away. She did give two halfhearted spooks Sunday, but remained soft and on a loose rein 98% of the time. She's the bomb dot com.
|Good horses get grass noms in the yard.|
|I know it's super hard to see but this is the photo from last week with the deer in the yard :)|
|Such a ham.|