Just when I thought it couldn't get better . . .
We had another mind-blowing private session about the circle game. It's amazing how such a simple concept has so many layers and facets. Our ground session was a bit of a review of the previous day and then expanding on the liberty we started on day one. Carol is asking us to stretch our idea of how the horse takes responsibility and it's pretty intense.
Under saddle, we started with a review of day one and then did some CS riding using a F8. Carol had half the riders at one end, half at the other and the goal was to do a F8 using CS and neck string. As always, it was up to us how to approach it for safety and confidence. When it was my turn, I was pretty nervous about it. But it's a pattern Cricket knows and likes so I felt that we could work through it. I started at a walk to get Cricket on the pattern and then we moved to a trot and then a canter.
I cantered my horse with just a carrot stick.
It wasn't perfect, it wasn't all that pretty (at least in my mind) but dammit, I did it.
And then I cried. Happy tears. I've waited so long for that moment.
The second time around was better.
My private session was the first of the afternoon and I decided, just for fun, to ride bridle-less. Crazy, right?
Crazy fun! Cricket was so freakin' amazing. We did all gaits, simple changes through the walk, sideways, yields . . . Oh my gosh it was a blast.
At the end, all I could do was thank Carol for all she's done over the course of my journey with Cricket.
So I wonder what day three holds?