It rained all day Sunday, which meant riding my horse was out of the question. It also meant the arena was going to be too soggy to ride yesterday, so we just played around a bit in the grass. I hadn't worked on showmanship in quite a while, but she did really well.
I thought for sure the arena would be decent enough to ride in today, but it was still quite soggy. We made the best of it, though, and did some walking and trotting and I decided to try some gate work. Alex suggested I work on opening and closing the arena gate from Lilly's back instead of leading her around and opening the gate that way.
She actually did really well! I'm so used to riding her with two hands that it was a bit of a challenge for me too, but we managed to open and close it without much of an issue at all. She struggled a bit at first because she didn't want to sidepass with the gate... I think she thought it wasn't going to move, but then when it moved with her, I saw the light bulb go off. She didn't get frustrated or upset and each time we did it, she got better. We went in twice and out twice.
With any luck, the arena will be nicer tomorrow... with even more luck, someone will drag it to help it dry!
After we were done riding, I took her back out to the pasture. I always give her a flake of hay and we've started doing carrot stretches again. I've been doing them for less than a week, but Lilly already knows where her next carrot can be found. I always stretch her left side, then her right side, and then I stretch her between her legs. After I was done stretching her right side, she went ahead and put her head down between her legs looking for her next carrot! I guess I'm going to have to switch it up and bit next time...