Just a quick post to tell you that I had a lesson yesterday. It was thunderstorming when I got to the barn, but the rain passed in just the perfect time for me to hop on (I rode in my less expensive saddle, juuust in case).
We saw minor improvements in our trot transitions as the lesson progressed. I really have to actively think about asking gently and "bumping" his sides softly instead of one quick heel pressured squeeze as I am primarily accustomed to. I collected him for 3-5 walk strides at the time then rewarded by letting him walk on the buckle. We even got a canter take off in one direction (it was windy and he was feeling good). I felt him really slow down about 30 minutes in, so we ended on that note. He isn't back to where I got him, but he isn't worse. So I will accept it.
I work tonight, tomorrow night AND friday night and then I head down to Eva's for a Lady Antebellum Concert (YAY). I need some best friend time. I'm having a mid-twenties crisis. Granite is having his issues and I'm starting to feel really torn about my career choices and geographic location. Eva is always my voice of reason. Sometimes the reason is to be irrational though, and she knows when its time for me to stop being SO rational and to follow my heart. I am So So grateful and blessed to have her (although I say that often-- I really mean it).
I will be back on Granite on Sunday. I am also feeding for Becky. We have an ancient pony at the farm (aptly named "Pony") however and Becky warned me that she has been having a hard time getting up. I am really nervous about this. And Becky won't have cell phone reception where she is camping! Ahhhh. Cross fingers that I don't have to try to get this pony up (especially before work Monday Morning).