But, being relegated to a 20(ish) meter circle gave us a good opportunity to work on our zero-inside-rein-tolerance policy.
|(I might order this sign for the barn. I need it, and I bet it would have a bigger impact than the "drug free" version does around high schools...)|
When S's lesson finished, we moved up into our trot work and moved out a bit more than we did during out lesson on Saturday (and much more than the micro-jog we worked on during Friday's lesson). P2 was good. I tried not to get annoyed when she tossed her head and stayed as true as possible to my "no inside rein" mantra.
We warmed up well and I threw in some serpentines to test our transfer of the outside rein (yay!), transitions to test my amount of leg (yay!) and then spiraled in and out of our circles to really lock P2 into my outside aids.
We felt great.
The mirrors in our indoor look more like a fun house than anything else, but even a distorted reflection (maybe it's not distorted... maybe I am really THAT wobbly looking) was enough of a reminder to get my butt under me, my chest out and a strong stabilizing post going.
Feeling ballsy I started to throw a few leg-yields in and holy crap they were rad. I guess lateral work is easier when your horse is on the outside aids who knew... (lol).
Anyway. We worked a few canter transitions (no inside rein, no inside rein!!!) which felt strung out to me, but I didn't cheat! I stopped our canter work before I wanted because young kid came into the ring for a lesson, but I finished P2 with some long and low work just looping around the arena. I let Prairie go as low as she wanted, which resulted in her nose getting dirty and her butt a little strung out, but I was so happy she could stay on her feet that I let her be.
6 weeks ago this horse would have fallen on her face if I asked her to tip that far forward... So that was neat. Also, she was so tuned in that our changes in direction were super fluid and balanced - even on the buckle.
Good mare. I almost forgot how mad I was at her about the halter snapping... until I tied the rope halter back on her big head.
Speaking of halters. GRRRRR. I also got in a fight with the company that makes her big (pretty) halter. They flat out refuse to sell a replacement crown piece. I know I can order one from Smartpak, or Stateline, or wherever, but I HATE when things don't match (who knew). I figured if I called the company up all sweet and "ooooooh I just LLOOOOOOVE my stuff from you" that they'd be so thrilled to have me as a customer they would sell me a replacement, even though none of their distributors seem to stock replacement parts. But no, they declined to sell me just a crown piece.
Not even a pleasant English accent masked their latent disinterest in my plea. Rude.
So fine. Screw that. I will take my tack whoring elsewhere (namely eBay) and I will give my dollars to someone else. So I did. I found this guy for not that much money:
|(not my horse)|