I've been working with Lily regularly, bringing her back to a place of confidence. Today started out with Lily giving me a little bit of a stink eye. Not a lot, just enough that I opted to adjust my energy slightly. There's a sternness line I have to find with Lily in moments like that. She needs a level of seriousness, no nonsense energy. Proof that I'm serious.
It takes just a moment. And it's crazy subtle. I often over deliver and have to dial back.
I saddled both horses and headed to the round pen. Lily did well, although I admit I'm not trying to bit her at all. I rode her and the nerves shed been showing during the start of our last session were gone. Riding her without a bit is amazing. She's so sensitive to my legs and a tiny touch on the reins. In a moment we were cantering with just a kiss, collected and sweet around the round pen. Then off for a trail ride on our own. There a slight bit of her nerves were back. But not bad. Not bad at all.
Then Smokey and I set to work and had one of our best sessions yet. Last night I'd been thinking that maybe I should (if I had the money, which I don't) send him to a trainer for finishing. Riding Lily reminds me of how wonderful it is to have a horse that's so responsive.
Then Smokey was absolutely like butter today. Easy canter. Almost perfect circles. Great on the trail. Cantered up hill.
If it is the end of the world, then I can feel good about my last day before the big R. If tomorrow comes, then I'm on a good road.