Ella was amazing today, from start to finish! We rode in the outdoor arena for about 30 minutes of continuous trotting and loping. I took her on different paths every lap so that we weren’t doing the same circle over and over. She was being super light and responsive to my seat and legs, and I only had to correct her path a couple of times (she saw her buddies haha).
Next we came into the indoor arena to cool off a bit and work on some bridleless maneuvers. We spent some time just walking around relaxed and moving off of my leg without any rein. She appreciated that 😊 We walked over the board bridge a couple times for a little bit of obstacle work. She hesitated initially but then went over several times flawlessly.
For our bridleless work I wanted her to walk and trot out, pivot, sidepass, back, and whoa strictly off of my leg, seat, and voice. No reins or neckrope at all. She did great! In fact, sometimes she would try to read my mind before I even asked for anything. She might over-anticipate certain maneuvers, but I would rather her do that than quit on me. Check out the video below for a different perspective of our bridleless work!