Carmen is always an interesting horse. She absolutely makes you be present or else. When we came back from our weekend away she was super mellow. I had a lesson booked for the Sunday and I was spending the whole time making her go forward. But it was a great lesson and we worked on a lot of fundamentals.
|Me: Please go forward, pretty please|
Carmen: you should relax more.
We worked on transitions- keeping her straight and reaching for the bit going into them. Which means that I have to stop trying to hold her in place through them. And also to keep the hind leg active up and down and to not let her plow onto her forehand (riding is hard).
We also did some half-pass. Our reach is improving. It works better when I don't over think (and micro manage).
Tuesday Julia came out and we went hacking followed by a ride in the ring. Carmen is doing well leading and was still quite mellow. I dropped the rein to take a photo and she decided she wanted to go exploring. Normally I would have gone along but it's hunting season so...no.
|Carmen: I want to go over there! |
|post ride she needed to be hosed off|
|random photo: one of my chickens is laying freckled eggs. |
I think it's pretty and delicious.
|from the lesson but still buttery soft and forward|