These photos are actually from Friday. My best rides on Lily tend to be when we are by ourselves and completely focused. It's not the same when someone else is watching: there is always this pressure to perform which doesn't always work in our favor.
Lily felt on this day like she'd worked all week. I love what field board does for her brain! She was sluggish starting out (it was hot!) so we worked on just relaxing and stretching out during the warm-up.
|Pandora wasn't cooperating and Lily was taking a nap :)|
|Trot warm-up on a loose rein|
|Shoulder-in, though hard to tell in this photo. I like how she was reaching for the contact.|
|Initiating leg yield at the walk with one hand on the reins.|
We've been playing with one-handed stuff lately.
|Leg yield. My right hand is on my waist. We're not doing the chicken dance. :p|
Those of you that have horses with no issues would take being able to do this with them for granted.
This is a big deal for us. This is how far we have come! Lily stayed at exactly the same speed with the reins draped over the saddle (she used to bolt in arenas). She didn't freak over my arms extended on both sides (this is something that would happen as recently as last summer!) and she stayed on the circle at my bidding (she used to change directions at will if you weren't paying attention). And then at the end, she comes down to a walk upon my request...without any need of touching the reins. I fist my hands against my chest to resist the urge to use the reins!
|We continued cantering in a normal fashion afterwards.|
The long warm-up worked: she was really reaching under herself at the canter.
|And so. Holy inside hind: it's even with her girth! I don't know wtf I was doing (ugh position!), but Lily looks super awesome here.|
Posts to follow this week. :)