She rode Lilly first and worked on some of the things I was having questions about. I don't get to see Lilly ridden very often, so it really helps me when I'm able to watch Alex ride. I'm a visual learner, so being able to see what Lilly is doing and the differences in her when Alex does different things helps me understand what I need to do.
Alex commented on how much stronger Lilly feels compared to the last time she was out... we've been working hard since then! She's really starting to develop some muscle tone as well, but it never comes through in the pictures. She's looking and feeling really good, though!
We worked on a lot of the usual stuff, like cantering, jogging, keeping her shoulders up, and stopping.
|Jogging... and getting yelled at for my riding skillz.|
|Our little, black cow.|
Once we were done with cutting practice, I was instructed to take Lilly over the small jumps that were set up in the arena. I'm not a jumper, nor do I pretend to be one or know anything about it, but we did the best we could!
|A nice, low cavaletti, but look at that reach!|
|Now it's a little bit higher...|
|A big, cheesy grin! :)|
I think Lilly had as much fun today as I did. I'm sure she gets tired of staring at the dirt the whole time we ride, so I'm going to try and keep it interesting for her. Like Alex said, I don't need to keep drilling the same thing over and over, I just need to work on having a soft, obedient horse who puts her feet where I ask her to. I'm going to have a bumper sticker made up that says, "If you control the feet, you control the horse." :)