Another beautiful day in the Sierra and another ride. 82 degrees with a light breeze blowing in the afternoon. We had one thing to accomplish and that was to pick up the right lead.
It's nice riding every day cause you know where both your heads are ... I don't have to wonder if she's with me cause we just spent time together the day before. We basically just walked the arena to warm up a little and then went into a trot. In my mind I thought that I wouldn't do what I normally do, which is to take the left lead first, but just ask from the start for the right lead.
We had some cones set up to give me something to aim for and I started her off trotting and pushing her shoulder out. She knew what I was intending and kept rushing to lope even when I wasn't asking. I think that was the hardest thing to control yesterday - her anticipation & rushing to try and get it done. Seems like we got the right lead after one or two false starts and I praised her & let her walk a bit.... Then we struggled for awhile with the rushing, taking the wrong lead, and having to break it down time & time again. She did get going in a really nice rounded trot, though, and I felt she was in good balance.
We took the right lead again, loped for awhile and then I got off and praised her. And that was it for the day. Short but intense.
We need to lope a lot more on the right lead to learn to relax & slow it down; it feels awkward to both of us right now. But today I'm thinking that we do something different and then go back to it tomorrow. I may just ride out this afternoon and have it be relaxing.
It's sure fun being around her like this and I look forward to our time together. Since it was a short ride I gave her some hay to keep her busy while I oiled my saddle. It's good to have her stand tied to the trailer learning some patience... She's used to going straight back to her buddies.