Well, today I got to putter in the arena. Finally. It was very crispy, so only trot work for us.
Considering, I haven't trained Jibs seriously since October, (just started riding her last summer after 2 1/2 year break so I could recover from an accident) and just have been riding around the parking area at the barn, she rocked. As soon as I mounted, she wanted to buck, but only hopped around and pulled a huge wheelie. She got bad biscuits for that trick, I tell ya! I stuck with her though. My back is KEELING me for being jostled...
So, we worked on transitions within her trot, and I got a B-EEE-A-YOO-T-FUL extened trot out of her. Balanced, rhythmical... A couple little half halts, and we were down into a very energetic collected trot. I asked for a walk, and did some reinbacks and some haunch turns with a lot of forward motion, and then...
I asked her for a walking 1/4 pirouettes in each direction, letting her walk on a long rein for her reward after every 3 or so. Then, I asked for a trot. A nice working trot, and then asked for the 1/4 turns.
SHE DID 1/4 TROTTING PIROUETTES!!!! My Jibs was doing pirouettes!!!! We did them, and did them... She loves them.
She was so light, on the bit, obedient and rhythmical...
This is the first serious training ride of the season.
I am SO proud of her.
My body is SO pissed at me... *giggle*