Elsa hack

I tacked her up and went on a hack with Kristen, working on them being together and separating, which Elsa has no trouble with, but Sif does.  With Elsa, we worked on halting and ratability and she was quite good.  We went down the road to the end, then around the prairie.  Afterwards, I grazed her for 20 minutes while Kristen tacked Moondancer.

Hack and lateral work

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.

Flatwork, hacking and jumping

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.

More soft rein work

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.

Hack on the magnificent Elsa

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.