|Look how perfectly it fits me!|
After playing dress-up, we went for a ride. She was excellent, and I think she's actually starting to get lazy! I've been dreaming of having a lazy pony for years, so it would be a dream come true for me. :) Because we've been practicing a nice slow jog so much, that's all she wants to do, and when I ask for a bit more speed, she tries to canter. It's been really nice! We worked on cantering a lot today because she does really well to the left, but when we canter to the right, she has a tough time maintaining herself and we end up doing a lot of circles. She has improved quite a bit, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.
When we were doing our cool down, a red fox ran into the arena right behind Lilly and booked it into the pasture. As strange as it sounds, I've never had to ride one of Lilly's spooks... she's been afraid of things, and she's spooked in place at something that startled her, but she's never had a big spook during any of our rides. So lucky me, I was able to experience it today! When that fox ran behind her, she scooted forward, ran about 30 feet, and then did a 180 degree turn to see what in the world that thing was! She was standing in perfect "dog stretch" form just in case she needed to make a quick exit. Good to know she'll stop running!
I've decided to go ahead and have Lilly clipped for the winter. I think we're going to go with the low trace clip, but I wussed out and got the number of a lady that clips for one of the big show barns here. She's very reasonable, has professional quality clippers, and I figure it's probably the best thing to do for Lilly's first clip. Maybe I can get some pointers and then try it on my own next year.