Lucy and I had our first lesson in forever last night. Thanks to the money I got for my birthday, I booked lessons for three Tuesdays in a row starting yesterday. Depending on how much spring shots cost, and how much hay I end up getting this month, I might be able to swing three more. That should put us in good shape for show season.
A new boarder at the barn offered to video tape for me, YAY! Here are the videos:
I had already lunged her in both directions for a total of 20 minutes. She did not put a foot wrong but as soon as the camera came out she got all sorts of silly, as you can see. Oh well, there are still some nice moments of stretchyness.
I freaking love the trot she dishes out at around 2:20.
Ohhh the mare face was rampant last night. My instructor started laughing hysterically at one point (I don't think it's in the video) and I was like, are you laughing at her? and he said, yes, she's just relentless isn't she!
Anyway, very interesting: he does not want me to smack her on the shoulder with a crop if she's being naughty. During the lesson she kicked out at my outside leg twice but they were very minor incidents. She has been MUCH MUCH worse in the past. I am interested to see what others would do in that case: do you "ignore" the bucking/kicking out etc and push her through it, or do you whack her once on the shoulder, sit the resulting explosion, and then move on immediately?
The video camera filled up its memory before we got to the right lead but it was about the same.
Shockingly, I think this was the first time Lucy has ever been legitimately TIRED. She broke from the canter several times. At the end of the ride she was steaming and sweaty, even under the bridle crownpiece. This is the same horse that went for a two hour trail ride through the deep snow and came back completely cool. That being said, we focused mainly on rhythm and relaxation here, which takes more energy out of her than running around at full speed with her head in the air.
I think one of the reasons we were so productive during the lesson was that I lunged her in the side reins before hand. It put her mind in the game and that's honestly half the battle with this horse.
Anyway I was really pleased with the whole thing and I can't wait til next Tuesday :D
Here are some video stills: