At last! The weather and my trainer's health cooperated, and we could ride on Friday! So happy.
We did some lunging first - it's hard work! It takes some time to find the proper angles, but we (Toby and I) had some good moments where I was being clear to him and he understood what I wanted. I led him through walk, jog, trot, canter, halts and reverses. I love watching him, and then when I'm leading him right and he goes - it's so much fun.
I was a lot less anxious this time, but we did stick to a walk and jog while I was in the saddle. It helped to talk to him a lot, sort of leading myself into when I wanted to move to a jog. The footing (sand, in the round pen) was a lot better than I expected given the wild weather, and didn't feel quite so lumpy.
We (my trainer and I) learned something new about Toby. So, I wanted him to move toward the rail, as in, we are walking in a circle and I didn't want him drifting in so my intent was: move forward toward the rail and keep going in a circle. This - was not what happened. Here I am astride, and he's going toward the rail, but not ... forward? Just smoothly sideways.
Turns out, Toby knows how to side-pass. Trainer had no idea. I have no idea what I did to cue that (clearly, I was not cueing him the way I wanted to), although I am curious because I might like to do it again sometime, on purpose. Maybe he can even do it in the other direction. So that was very interesting.