I think there’s some real value in checking in with it now and then:
How badly we suck. Was it a 10 today (You know, almost bolting out of the showring.)? Or more of an 8 (General ugly riding.), or a 7, with a few good moments?
Our last ride I thought was around a 4, with Valiosa very compliant and feeling generally happy and forward. Basic, but I was thrilled!
Worked her on very causally leg yielding at the walk from A to H or from M toward X and then straight. (Always more difficult leaving the track vs going toward it.) In trot? Neh.
Forgetting about correcting or “catching” her a lot with the outside rein, just really trying to teach the lateral aid. She’s wonderful with this because even though it’s not a strength for her (She doesn’t feel naturally laterally gifted at all.), she never gets completely flustered, upset, or stops trying. I value that in her a lot!
We didn’t get very far with anything new, but in general, we sucked less. Yay us!
No secret – she’s FUN to hang out with!
This weekend – lesson at our barn with Alexis! I was her working student for a year, it will be great to check back in with her with Valiosa!