For my ride on Saturday, Sandra had me pick up the trot to start the lesson as soon as I had warmed up at walk. I was able to set Kachina up for a nice soft transition and we did a few circles and long sides in each direction in a rythmic relaxed good quality trot that had zero racing giraffe tendencies. Best of all, this wasn't an anomoly, this is our new normal for trot work. Sandra normally jumps right in to giving suggestions and gives a steady stream of information throughout the lesson, but she was uncharacteristically quiet as I did my opening work. She then proclaimed with a smile "Okay, you're good, I don't need to teach you anymore!"
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At least I'm not leaning forward for once?
Of course she did end up teaching me a lot in the two days of the clinic as she always does. The wheels started to come off the bus when we added in canter work and it wasn't all rainbows and unicorns (lessons learned post to come). It was a super awesome feeling though to come into a clinic knowing that I've worked hard on my homework from last clinic, being able to execute some beautiful trot figures, and have my coach immediately recognize how far we've come.
She ended my second ride on Sunday with the comment "you are definitely on the right track". I don't think there is anything that I could have been happier to hear.