Greta and I had out 2nd anniversary Thursday, and to put the cherry on top we had a freaking awesome lesson. Cantered down the long side of the arena in a continually cadenced canter. Super chill, really starting to look like a training level canter finally. A good hunter canter, really. She still needs to get the muscles to stretch her topline out even more so she can get that "on the bit" look but she steps under very well (doing so even more will stretch out that topline) and is certainly not inverted and tugging at the bit anymore. I'm also much lighter in the seat (starting to ease myself from a half-seat to a normal seat, as the half-seat was a training tool for both of us to keep me off her back). Her trot just gets better, as does her walk.
It was nice to see and feel this big turnaround from two years ago (even a few months ago, actually) where she would put her head up and invert her neck and really hang on the bit, and I would simply tug back. Baby steps are awesome. And you can see the difference. I will try and get some video of a lesson or ride this week, one of the two.
I feel so lucky to have a such a willing, sweet, and smart horse. Cliche, I know, but it's true! Ask the clinicians, the vets, the trainers, everyone who has met or worked with her! She has never pinned an ear at anyone, lifted a back foot at anyone, nor has not tried for anyone (even when I could tell she wasn't a fan of who was riding her or how they were riding her). She's no push-button pony, but she is awesome. I love the nicker I hear whenever I come near, or how she'll acknowledge me in the pasture (she might even feel I'm privileged enough to walk up to me, her subject, every now and then). It's a nice little buddy-buddy relationship we got going, and I wouldn't give it up for the world.
Here's to many more years!
So yay for a good second anniversary!