Just a little video update! Thanks to my girl Robyn for videoing that day! Nothing fancy, just a little bit of schooling in the paddock to keep her worked while her trainer was away at the beach!!! I am amazed at how light she is becoming. She has such a delicate contact now, instead of laying on your hands or trying to duck behind the contact. Her headtossing is virtually a thing of the past, and we are moving forward little by little!
I had a lesson with Kelsey last night, too. She pushes us, just a little at a time, and it is the best thing for me. She takes me just enough outside of my comfort zone to stretch me, but not enough to scare me. We schooled in a big open field, with no boundaries but the ones I enforced. And we finished up by schooling over fences at the end! We had an awesome, productive lesson. She worked with me on transferring the principles I use to create the "stretchy trot", as she calls it, into a collected trot. We can have a beautiful, relaxed trot, with zero contact, and 100% steering with my seat and leg...but when I go to collect her upwards, I revert back to old habits of being tense, holding too much on the inside rein, and it all falls apart. We drilled our transitions as well - walk, trot, walk, trot...downward transitions are pretty simple for me, but we are working hard to eliminate the first hollow stride from walk to trot, and instead get a smooth, collected upward transition.