Our lesson today was a bit of a hot mess. Being a former endurance horse, Ellie has not had to spend much time on the right lead. So naturally, while she is very flexible to her left, the right leaves a bit to be desired. And today she did not want to pick up her right lead to save her life. Frankly, it's totally rider error. I'm just not tight enough on my flatwork to push her out to the left and ask firmly for that right lead.
After doing a bunch of circles to the right with limited success, Emma had us take a straight track down each quarterline and ask for the right lead. She picked up the left lead very nicely each time which tells me that she thinks that she's doing the correct response to my ask. I can't fault her for that!
Her response also tells me that while it's fun to pop over fences and I may be a capable enough rider to guide her into straightness in the lines and after, that the nuances of flatwork are evading me right now and she needs to get her fill of pro rides.
Luckily she's a very forgiving girl and has happy to snuggle despite having a spur in her right side all morning! Looking forward to the trails drying up! In the meantime we practice going through puddles.