I did get to ride Theo last Thursday some and Abby on Saturday.
We rode out side for the 3rd time. She was a bit more excited then the first two times but we almost made it down the entire water way. On the way out we saw a Red Tailed Hawk feeding on something in the field. It was about 20 yards from us but Abby really didn't care (her brain was on the barn). We kept riding through what I thought was deep snow (now I'm sure it's to deep to ride through) She was getting a bit tired physically so I decided to turn around. On our way back the Hawk flew down to the same spot and then Abby was curious. She wasn't afraid but took steps towards it! I have a pet bird so I know what they can do... I said nope Abby we are not investigating that one. She needed to stare at it for awhile and do a few circles before we continued back to the barn.
Once we got to the barn she was not wanting to stand still while I chatted to another rider. So we practiced our backing skills. If she moved we backed by the end she was standing very still with a leg cocked.
Sunday Natalie had a lesson on Theo so she can get used to him before the Midwest Horse Fair. She will be riding him during the breed demo while I ride Abby.
He was doing so well for her but getting bit hollow at times so I encouraged her to add more impulse in her posting and immediately he rounded! She also learned to ask for a trot to walk transistion with her seat and not the reins. It took her and him a while to figure this one out but by the end she was getting it quickly. The biggest news though is she cantered on him!! and he picked up both leads. She is a tiny girl and he has a Huge canter. She was shocked at first but they both made it look easy.
Here are some photos from her lesson.
Theo being a bit hollow and behind the vertical
AH! much better nice round back and a good reach with his hind legs.