Hi everyone, I'm so excited. Yesterday I rode my new horse Lena for her first schooling lesson. She did awesomely. Previously I've only ridden her when I tried her out and then once the other day just for 10 minutes (I've only owned her for 5 days). Yesterday we did a 35 minute workout (plus 10 minutes of running around the paddock not wanting to get caught grrr).
Lena has previously done polocross and team-penning so I almost have to start with the basics (she has a reasonably good foundation education though). So we worked on walk and trot only, mostly on getting her to softening up, work from her hindquarters and not stick her nose up in the air. Her transitions up are terrible as she races into them and speeds off but after 20 minutes or so we managed two beautiful walk-to-trot transitions. I was so pleased. She also softened really nicely and collected a little in the walk. She is very responsive, just not used to working off her hindquarters so only managed this for few strides at a time but with work she will build the muscles needed to hold this for longer. We worked mostly on 20 metre circles, changes across the diagonal and serpentines (the trot serpentine was atrocious lol).
All in all I am so proud of her, except for her paddock behaviour lol. Time for some ground-work I think!