I lunged both Phoenix and Zoe on Friday. Zoe had a fit about being in side reins, but she got over it. Watching her move is interesting. She likes to throw her hip in and crossfire behind while cantering. It's a pleasure horse thing; cocking their hips in helps them slow down and get that herky-jerky lope. Zoe has it, but hopefully we'll work that out of her.
Saturday the 4H girl rode Phoenix. She's still trying to decide if she wants to lease him; she'll ride him a few more times this week and make a decision. There were some trot poles and a tiny tiny x-rail set up and she took him over the poles. He plodded over them without a problem! I asked if she wanted to take him over the x, and she said she was too nervous so I hopped on him and did it. He was perfect! Trotted up to it quietly, and cantered away nicely. It was his first jump in close to 2yrs.
Today I rode Bud and Zoe. I put Bud back in the German martingale and he had a lot more pep than he did on Friday! We had a nice forward ride with some really good trot-canter-trot transitions. We also did some nice counter canter and a flying change each direction.
Such a cute pony!
With Zoe, I worked on getting her to go forward, and started asking for some bending. She's not too happy with me having contact with her mouth; she's used to having a loose rein even going English. For her canter, I'm trying to keep my hands up and encourage her to drive from behind. If I let her, she tends to 4 beat in the canter, and it feels like her hind end isn't connected to her front. I had a couple good strides of canter today where she felt connected. Since she's out of shape I'm only asking for a few strides at a time.