Saturday I took it easy and just flatted all the horses, but Sunday I had TWO lessons! Not just any lesson either, no. I got PRIVATE lessons! Two in one day. I'm still tired... We were indoors because it was winter again and it was frozen outside.
First up was with Shiny. After a few laps of trot to loosen her up each way, we went right to doing some trot poles. She was immediately interested in that. As soon as she realized we were pointed at them, she moved from her Shiny Shuffle into a real working trot. Interesting. They went from on the ground to raised, and she really had to work her booty. Then we went to canter and the poles changed to bounce rails. She's really smart with these exercises, I didn't have to help much. Next we popped over a few single fences and then strung a little course together.
Then it was time for lesson number two, this one with Eros. He also started out with some trot poles. He was fine while they were on the ground, but boy does he struggle when you raise them! He always has. It's like he doesn't realize they're raised. Eventually he worked out, more or less. Then we moved on to a fun exercise with a single raised cavalletti. It was on the rail, and we came at it first from a long approach. We alternated approaching with a collected canter and finding a spot at the base and approaching from a more forward, looser canter, looking for a more gappy spot. Eros doesn't do the gap though, and each time I would find it, he'd just open his step and close the gap. So I guess I failed at the exercise, but won at finding a perfect spot? I dunno... Then we worked a little over a line of cross rails. He's been VERY excited about jumping since we started back. So instead of jumping straight through the line, the exercise was to jump in, circle, then jump the out and circle again. It was ridiculously hard, and we weren't all that good at it. He just lands and goes off on a bit of a victory gallop. It's not scary, but it's pretty annoying. And it's REALLY hard to put a course together with such a