Today was trail ride number 2 for Lilly and she did really well. She did a lot better than last time, and I wasn't expecting so much improvement so quickly. Kind of makes me wonder, ya know?
We went all the way out and all the way back without a single whinny! That in itself is huge, I think. There were even a couple horses on the property that whinnied when she left and then when she came into sight again, but Lilly never responded. Not even a squeal.
The ride out was pretty uneventful. She was still pretty nervous and she kept looking behind her but we moved forward without issue. I took her around the trails in a different direction to mix things up a bit.
When we got to the turnaround spot we stopped. She didn't want to stop, and she stomped that foot of her once or twice, but she stood still. She actually had both ears on me for a change. At one point she even rested her hind leg. There wasn't nearly as much head tossing either.
At different points along our trek back I stopped her. I made her stand still and when she was calm and not chomping on the bit, we'd move forward. I think we only had to circle 3 or 4 times, and it only took about 3 circles before she'd stop. She did pop up once when she got really frustrated, but I got after her and we moved on. There was a point in our journey back that I had my hand on the buckle and she was walking along like a good girl! She was MOVING, but she was walking, and that's all I want from her at this point.
The biggest difference in today versus our last ride was that she was actually listening! She'd start to trot and I would tell her to walk and she would walk, without the circle forcing her to. If I said stand still, she'd stand... not happily, but her feet weren't moving. It was a major change, and I was really happy with her today.
The previous ride had her so worked up that she was really sweaty. Today she wasn't even sweaty underneath her saddle, so she was much more at ease. The little love tingles I have for her are slowly returning. :)
In other news, my new irons finally came today. Hopefully I'll have a chance to ride in them tomorrow and see how they feel.