Had fantastic time with Snickers yesterday. He was very energetic, did his gaits automatically extended, his transitions from trot to stop and from canter to trot were near perfect, and I was able to work on my hands, contact and the use of indirect rein. I'm far from perfect, of course, but we're improving gradually. My main issue is setting precise figures, directions, movements, and sticking to them, so I did it all only as long as I could keep my concentration and we both did well. As my concentration started slipping away, I just went into the nearest trail path and we had a lovely canter through the forest twilight. Snickers had two small spooks, but they didn't affect my seat, and then we walked home, me singing folk songs about horses and night. Good times. :)
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.