The two lessons I've had this spring have been very positive lessons.
While that makes me feel very optimistic.
It also add pressure to apply the lessons to my regular schooling sessions.
Or, you know, even find time to school. Between work and weather it's not been easy.
I need to get back into the swing of regular training. Not in a drilling sort of way (I'm determined to not do that) but for consistency.
I managed to squeeze a ride in early Tuesday morning before heading for a day of meetings. I really like riding in the mornings. I find that I am more focussed. Julia came to join us as well.
As soon as I mounted I felt that Carmen was energized but in a good way. I even joked that I hoped she would use her energy for good instead of evil.
It seems to me that Carmen is figuring out that work does not equal pain. And so she's feeling much less defensive and interested in figuring out the questions.
And it's not that she isn't wary about the far side but the reactions are definitely going down, rather than up.
After riding for about 35 minutes I was happy to end it. She had done everything I asked. Her transitions were prompt, our leg yields were smooth and there was minimal spooking. Even our haunches/shoulder in were pretty straightforward.
I walked her over to the rail and we opened the gate. She was all 'yeah, I've got this'. We headed out for a lovely hack through the woods. Irish was also quite happy to be back at it.
It was a great way to start the day.
Turns out that I like to do it in the morning.