I would have posted on Wednesday had I not be swamped with homework (read: math is killing me). The past couple of days have been particularly tedious, but the weekend will be open for the most part. I appreciate the break.
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I started out on another pony named Leia. Darn these short legs. She was a sweety though and through with a pretty soft mouth. We started out great, but too much hand in a downward transition thoroughly pissed her off, and I was not forgiven. We did get to ride outside, which was nice. We warmed up by trotting around the grass on the outside of the arena. We stayed in a nice line, one behind the other, Leia getting a bit speedy at times, but I'm getting better about half halting.
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But it actually turned out a lot better than I thought it would. We went straight into the canter, and yes I took the longest time before even attempting the transition. It was a lot of circles and a lot of half halts and a lot of "Good boy"s and "Shhhh"s and "You're okay"s. We did get some very nice transitions both up and down. Romeo is a lot like Vic, just a bit calmer, so enough to push me out of my comfort zone, but not enough to push my soul out of my body. Perfect.
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