There were a lot of people at the stable today, so there were other riders in the arena with me, so that was good, I got to work on my passing. We started out at a slllllllllllow walk. Last week that's all we did, so I was really ready for more. Milly is one of those who is lazy, so keeping her in a gait other than walking was/is difficult. Anyway, I got Milly to work into a jog, but was having a hard time keeping her at an easy smooth jog, until my instructor taught me the how to ask her to lower her head. After that, I was thoroughly enjoying her jog. I was able to keep Milly at a jog several rotations around the arena, that's HUGE for me... Really, it is!
I was pretty content with how my lesson was going, and I was feeling SUPER confident, so I decided I'd try my hand at a lope. It's hard to get Milly into a lope, and at first I mistook an extremely hard jog for a lope. Lol But I did it........... I LOPED.............ON PURPOSE EVEN! I am just thrilled with myself. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, and really the hardest part of the lope is just getting the horse into that gait. After I had stopped Milly, I was like "Is that it?! That's what I was afraid of?!" Seriously, I feel like such a huge pansy.
But, I am so proud of myself.... Nothing like a great lesson to help get everything else in your day in line. Wow... YAY ME.
Now, I must go ice my butt, as I ended up riding for like 90 mins.