Once she started listening, I worked on getting her to stretch forward and down which she is getting the hang of. We cantered to the left and it was quite nice. We cantered to the right as the last thing on our list and Mia just could not brain. Every single time I tried to give her a half of a pound of softness she would break forward into as much of a gallop as she absolutely could. She refused to listen to my seat and I had to haul back on the reins to get her to go back into a trot. Once in a trot she could not listen to my seat and wanted so badly for me to pull on her face because she was super happy to pull right back.
I tried a few tactics, I tried turning her into the wall every time she started to go faster. I tried jerking the reins every time she tried taking off. She would not settle so I went back to the small figure eights and worked exclusively on getting her to listen to my seat. It took her a bit but finally she gave in and started listening to my seats and stopped pulling against my hands. FINALLY! After several laps of trot we tried a right lead canter which went well and then went to a left lead canter which while not exactly to the par we have been getting, was still pretty decent considering the ride we were having. After all that work I finally let her have a good break and walked the sweaty girl until she was nice and cool and let her dry in front of a hay bag. Ahh baby horses, make me want to scream sometimes. I say that but App was SO much worse when he wanted to be. Ugh, horses.
|Lazy, lazy horses napping in the sun. See TWH in the arena not napping in the sun.|
After lunch I grabbed Mia from the pasture, Wait. That isn't totally true. She was napping like she does all of the time. I was able to walk up to her, pet her, put her halter on and then still had to convince her that it was time to get up. Lazy horse. I gave her a "day of beauty" which included pulling her mane over 2 inches shorter, scraping the caked mud off, brushing her tail out of the bag and rewrapping it and trimming the top of her tail.
|Half through, looked GOOD I thought|
|Pretty with a pulled mane|
Tonight will be a dressage night and hopefully by Wednesday I will put up some jumps. I have 2 weeks until my first clinic and I will be riding dressage with M and riding cross country with a new instructor B, the same set of people we actually rode with at this same clinic last year. Hoping for some good progress, we have a show season to be ready for!