Random video because jump!
On Friday I finally hopped on (Yes, this past FRIDAY. THAT is how long she has been NQR. Did I mention I was off of work last week for vacation and got to actually ride zero times until Friday?) and Mia felt fantastic. Really great in fact. I had my kite on a string again, ha! I tried to ride outside but the footing was very sloppy due to rain/melting and had puddles everywhere, I was concerned about her slipping with the antics she was pulling so we went inside. The new footing is amazeballs and worked out wonderfully to let Mia just go. She had SO much energy. This time, however, I just asked her to be forward and let her go. No galloping, as others were in with us, but no real work. Just steam blowing and it worked well. I let her trot trot trot her little heart out. The last time, I let her go at her own pace. This time, I monitored her pace but let her just go forward.
When I went out on Sunday, her legs were nice and tight, she wasn't lethargic and had no fever again. Finally. Mia was much more manageable under saddle and while we didn't do any "real" work, I was able to get her to come onto the bit, stretch forward and down and do some lateral work in the trot. Like on Friday, she trotted a long time before settling down but then I actually had a horse that was willing to listen to my aids. We even did some canter work and, despite some leaping, Mia did very well. She alternated between having a semi-balanced canter and flat out running away, but it was better than on Friday so I took that as an accomplishment.
The start of lateral work
Monday we worked on some lateral work and overall she did well. I wasn't riding with spurs so I ended up needing a whip to remind her to move off of my leg, but it went well. I think the finished video shows decent improvement. She is moving off of my leg with much more enthusiasm and isn't trying to be angled so much.
Finished lateral work
Last night I rode and didn't do too much but Mia decided she had enough, she did NOT have a desire to play anymore. We started out well enough, some laterals at the walk and trot. Some collected trot with a little power (which didn't really happen) to some stretchy trot to some canter departures. It all was decent enough until we hit the right lead canter. Her weakest link. As much as we tried, she decided she just could not collect and carry herself or keep her head out of my face. Since I let her stay on her forehand on Sunday, I must need to allow it now. No. We have danced this dance before...
We ended up doing walk/canter quarter circles until she decided she could canter without bolting and she could stop without diving onto her forehand. I then used my clicking noises to reward her when she put her head down and at the 45 min mark of our ride, we were finally able to get a decent canter circle. I finished with some trot circles and when she stopped pulling on me and going faster, I called it a night. She sat under a cooler before getting treats and going outside. She apparently forgot that it was easier to try versus fighting me. I didn't want to work her that hard, as she isn't really fit, but she gave me no choice. Alas.
This weekend will hopefully be an easier ride because I won't have time to ride for a week after that. Next week I am out of town for work. I rarely travel for work anymore so I can't be too upset, it is just not ideal timing with her being off. At least it isn't during show season. Let's see if she remembers to not fight so hard with her upcoming time off. Ha!