Ah! I forgot about this thread! Oops.
Sky- Thanks for the tips and ideas. I'll give some of them a try and see what happens. :) Thankfully, the hills we're riding are on the trails we go on regularly so they're just a part of what we end up doing. I've started incorporating a trail that has small uphills and small downhills where we can really get some long trotting over varying terrain and Lacey seem to be loving it. It's also been really really working me as a rider since I'm trying to stay out of her way while "helping" her through attempting to be an effective rider. So pretty much, no risk of drilling hills since they just happen on the trails we ride. :)
I do not have a trainer. I seriously wish I did. Most of the trainers around here take one look at my riding and get all impressed with what I've taught myself and never actually teach me anything. I'm not sure why that is since I'm really probably only a advanced beginning rider, technical knowledge-wise, with years of making things up as I go along.
I found one lady that I'd LOVE to take lessons from but she's located about 45 minutes away (and charges $60 a lesson) so unless I become rich really really soon, or someone gives me lessons as a gift, I'm out of luck for now. :(
That sounds like a great exercise Tiny! I'll have to give it a try.
Lacey generally throws a fit about backing up, up a hill. I'm pretty sure that she just doesn't like it since she has to work harder cuz we all know that Lacey doesn't like to work hard unless she wants to work hard.
Alternatively, she doesn't like it because backing up takes her farther away from home. Either way, it's something we should, and can, work on.
I'm really trying to work on my own riding and not slumping into passenger mode so I really appreciate these tips.
Sadly, I haven't been able to ride since last Thursday which is really a bummer. And it'll be so long before I can ride again! Ah! I just realized that I have to wait until at least Saturday since Lacey has a kid coming for lessons on both Thursday and Friday and tomorrow I have a mountain of homework to finish before finals. Sad sad day. Well, I guess I'll have to keep all this goodness in mind for Saturday.
Also, mildly random question: if I've been lunging Lacey periodically during the week (which I have been) and she's going to be briefly (walk/trot) ridden by a kid on Friday, would it be too "Weekend Warrior"-ish to go on a 5 mile ride (mostly walking, 25ish minutes t/c) on Saturday? Should I just stick with my normal 2.5 mile ride to not be a jerk?