I just needed to share a little "brag" to speak with people who would understand, since I know my friends would likely not realize what the big deal about it is.
Indie started out being super sensitive to leg pressure, as in, just touching her side would get her trotting.. and recently, trying to leg yield her into the corner would get her to a canter.
So, my last two rides have been almost completely focused on getting her to leg yield when I use my inside leg instead of moving up a gait. Finally, at the end of today's lesson.. I had her leg yielding out, on a loose rein, on a 20m circle, at a walk. Not to mention the fact that I had her trotting circles in a nice, low frame instead of her with her head cranked to the outside with no sense of rhythm.
Oh yes, plus her lateral flexions are getting quicker each day.
I'm not expecting her to just magically be great, as I know when I next get on, she'll probably start out the same way.. but I'm glad that she's finally getting the hang of it.
It was so nice to be able to just put some inside leg on with contact and for her to go into a frame and not try cantering through the corners of the circles. I can't wait to see where we are a year from now!