Yep, it was the trot pole causing some extra speed during the lunge session yesterday, just like I thought. And possibly also the photographer, who knows?
Had a great lunge session and a shorter ride today.
As mentioned, she is a sensitive mare, including to the leg, and at the start of each ride we have a discussion about whether the leg should be accepted or not.
Each time, we do a little better, but I still have to ride with the legs just barely draped around her barrel for her to continue on forward in a semi-submissive manner.
When she does get on board with the idea, she’s lovely.
I have kept the ridden sessions very short, mainly working from the ground building up more stamina and muscle.
She’s in really good shape and really enjoys coming out.