I rode Elsa in a group lesson. Then we had a group hack around the meadow, and a graze at the end. Lovely day.
We started out with a walk down the hill and then a trot back up with Kristen and Megan. Then it started to rain so we had some work in the arena in all gaits, followed by some turn on forehand and side pass suppling work. She did very well and seemed to enjoy herself. She got peppermints at the end, which she very much enjoyed.
I brought her in and tacked her up, and there may have been peppermints involved. We (Elsa and I, Larry and Leo, Megan and Archie) walked down the hill and trotted back up as a warmup. She did beautifully.
Then we worked on the flat and she was a little tight at first, but came around nicely. We worked in all gaits and did some lateral work as well and she got better and better. After the lesson was over, Larry and Leo and Elsa and I took a hack around the meadow and jumped over the jumps in the hickory grove on the way back home. She did beautifully.
We went out on a hack and continued the quest to get her to subscribe to the theory that she can live quite nicely on a soft rein. She got better and better and we did a little jumping at the end of the day.
She warmed up beautifully in the indoor so out we went on a hack. Primary goal of the day was helping her understand that she has the option to be softer in the bridle. She did quite well!
It was a lovely day and I needed to go out and work with Archie, so I was lucky enough to come an hour early and work with Elsa. I tacked her up and took her for a hack around the meadow in both directions with some dressage schooling in the hickory grove. She was a bit strong at first, but came around to my way of thinking. Love this mare.
I took Elsa for a glorious hack in the late afternoon. She was required to be properly behaved and on the aids and also had a lot of freedom within those bounds. She behaved beautifully.
The thunder was distant when I tacked Elsa up and set out on a hack. We trotted down the hill, took a walk break and then trotted back up. She was excellent.
Then we went around the field on the woods side in all gaits. We turned around and walked back to cool out.
I brought Elsa in and tacked her up and rode her in the lesson with Kristen and Megan. She was quite good and afterward we went on a walk back which she enjoyed very much.