It was a busy Friday for a number of reasons, but I still wanted to get out to the barn and ride Lilly. Since I haven't actually ridden in the shank bit in quite some time, I figured I probably should since we'll be showing in it tomorrow. So I made time for a quick ride, anticipating my girl to be a perfect angel.
Well, that wasn't what I got. That's what happens when I don't give myself all the time in the world to ride... I had a specific time I needed to leave the barn and I cut it way too close.
The ride started out well and we made it through our warm-ups without issue. We moved on to jogging, pretending we were in a class, and I rode with one hand, since I'll also be doing that tomorrow. She fought me a bit on the neck reining, but I reminded her that it was something she already knew, and she suddenly remembered.
Once we moved on to the loping part of our session, I had a horse who wanted to rush and evade the bit. It's a delicate balance between staying out of her face (which I need to do with this bit) and being able to take hold of her when she's being a booger. We ended up doing a lot of circles and she wasn't with me in the least. After many, many circles, I wanted to lope some straight lines, which is something I often do with the snaffle as well. I want to make sure she's listening to my cue, and not just loping on the left lead because we happen to be going counter clockwise. Every time I asked for the lope, she would take one lope step, then another, then another, in super slow motion. I couldn't get her to actual go into the lope without a lot of effort. I figured I was doing something wrong, so I made sure she had plenty of rein and that I wasn't pulling on her face at all during the transition cue. No matter what I tried, it took us about 6 or 7 lope steps to actually get going into a lope.
I'm not sure if she really just doesn't like this bit, or if she just doesn't like anything but her snaffle. Hopefully I don't have any issues with her at the show tomorrow, or I'll have to figure out something else to do as far as bits are concerned. I have another one I can try her in, but I really want her to like this one!