Some of you know of the mounting problems Lenox had when we got her in November. She would bolt as soon as you mounted her, despite my efforts at working with her in a round pen. Well, today, my mom and I were getting ready to go for a ride, and I took Lenox outside to mount her. I kept the inside rein shorter so her head came around, patted her on the block for a little, then put my foot in the stirrup and got on. All she did was walk forward a few steps, which was quickly corrected with a backup, and she got lots of praise .
On trail, she was great! She only spooked twice: Once at this huge boulder 3 of my 4 spook at, and a second time at the two horses in a pasture way behind out house. Both times, she just sidestepped a little, nothing more.
I quickly found her favorite gait--trot! Her walk is freaking powerful, dressage judges would love it--tons of impulsion and thrust from her big behind. When Arthur cantered, she would trot super fast, keeping up with his canter, and I tried to push her to break into a canter. I could tell she was trying, but she found it hard for some reason. I got her into it three times, and it's very different than what I'm used to .
Anyway, enough talk and more pics!