After the canter work she kept doing this thing where she would walk super fast with her head down. It was like she was tuning me out and speed walking... to accomplish what, I'm not sure. I'd ask her to stop and sometimes she ignored me completely, sometimes she'd be a little startled but stop, and then she'd go back to speed walking. I had to do a lot of walk stop, walk stop, walk stop in very quick succession before she was finally paying attention.
I think she enjoys making my life difficult.
She was also being silly during our trot circles... I was trying to get a nice, steady trot and she wanted to be lazy, so I'd ask for a little more umph, and she'd start "cantering". The canter was strange, though, because it wasn't a true canter and she just kept popping herself up over and over in this super slow, strange canter transition. Granted, I liked how she was picking up her front end, but it wasn't even close to what I was asking.
While we didn't have a "bad" ride, I felt a little defeated and frustrated when we were done. I know we're working on quite a bit of stuff, but it felt like nothing went right and I had to fight with her on everything we worked on to get just a tiny bit of cooperation. I had to stop and take some deep breaths a couple times to get back my composure and it felt like I was in her mouth way too much. I don't like having to be that demanding with her but it just felt like she kept me tuned out for nearly the entire ride. Luckily Alex is going to rescue me on Saturday and come work with us, so hopefully she'll get me back on track in no time.
I took a couple body shots of her today just to track progress, so here she is before our ride.
|Looking less pudgy all the time!|