We started out with a group exercise, all four of us in a line, basically playing follow the leader. Vinnie and I did well, we just lost momentum to the left towards the end of the exercise. I guess our fitness and conditioning is still a work in progress. After that we did some work with ground poles. Vinnie was “on it,” as Trainer would say. He even took a long spot over one of the poles [on the “out” of the line], which was awesome. Vinnie is world-famous for sneaking in an extra stride and chipping wherever he can; anytime he takes a long spot is kind of a big deal in my book!
On Saturday I had an extra lesson on Diamond; it was the first time I’d ridden her in about three weeks due to her injury. She came out a little up, but I kept her busy with lots of circles and changes in direction. She was a little stiff to the right at the trot, but worked right out of it. We ended up having a fabulous lesson and Trainer said we can put Diamond back to work full time! It also looks like I’ll be able to show her in some flat classes at the barn schooling show next weekend too. Yippee!