I went to the barn and rode her Thursday, and while we had a good ride, there wasn't anything I was really excited to write about. We just keep working on the basics, and fitness is what I'm really going for right now. I'm keeping the rides to about 30 minutes, increasing the amount of canter work we do during each ride, and I can already tell it's easier for her to hold a decent canter for more than a few strides. She's doing really well with everything I'm asking of her.
I've been making a point to get out to the barn for a ride on Tuesday, Thursday, and either Saturday or Sunday. So she's only being ridden three times per week right now, but I'm trying to be realistic and consistent. I wondered if she'd get tired of the rides and start avoiding me when I go to the pasture to bring her in, but she's always very happy to see me. Yesterday she ran wide open from the back of the pasture when I called her name, so the rides aren't something she wants to avoid. That makes me so happy. It let's me know she's comfortable and enjoying the work.
Yesterday's ride was great because for the first time in probably forever, I had her cantering around on a loose rein. It's a faster canter than I'd like, but it's easy to ride and great for now, and I just love that fact that she's doing it on her own. She's learning to stay consistent, and while I have to keep her in circles for the most part (things kind of fall apart when we try cantering on the rail), it's a noticeable improvement. I didn't expect to see improvement like this so early on, but I'm loving it.
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