weathers been so up and down, I haven't been able to do much because of the mud. Well, it was finally dry enough yesterday, so I look her with a few friends for a ride. Two were on young thoroughbreds, one was a young rider on a 'beginners' horse. The two thoroughbred riders decided to go for a run(NOT something I want to try on a horse I have yet to lope) and I stayed with the beginners horse for a good trot. Unfortunately the beginners horse was having a very frisky day, and kept trying to pick up the pace(unusual for this particular horse, I guess he was feeling really good) so his rider kept having to circle him to get him listening, so pickles and I were basically on our own.
And she was in heat. And had attitude. And was AWESOME. I'm so impressed. Up and down hills for the first time, leading on the trail, at the back and middle of the line, watching her buddies canter/gallop off, TWICE(not overly happy with them, but any how), dogs, cars, birds flying up, fantastic.
And that was after having two weeks completely off, and no lunging or ground work before. we did about 3-4 km at mostly a good working trot, and she was still very forward and willing at the end. I was very impressed. Might have to hang onto her for a while.