|Jessica and Storm circling Laurie and her doggie Zen.|
|Pretty, fuzzy Spirit!|
Spirit was supple and willing and we were able to get it both directions, walk and trot. It led to lovely, soft, uphill canter transitions. We also did some turn-on-the-forehands. This is where the horse’s front legs stay in the same place while the rear legs move in a full half-circle so that the horse changes the direction its facing. We’ve practiced this occasionally in the past, though always on the rail of the arena to help Spirit keep her front legs in the same spot. Last night we did it away from the rails. Laurie laughed and described Spirit’s rear legs as lifting super high and careful, like a Spanish walk!
|Yes, it normally is this dark for our lessons. At least in winter time.|
Also, I decided to try and flavor Spirit’s bit this evening. She doesn’t like her stainless steel bit half as much as her other one with copper in it, so I put a small dab of mint extract on the french link. She seemed to really like it – no chomping weirdness!