Wish someone has been around to video or catch this one in a still frame - but as mostly normal - I ride alone or with another rider. No camera crew.
I am cantering - confidence is getting there. I have to be very mindful of my "canter" question. It needs to be a statement with Rosie. Our conversation on Monday went like this.
Rosie's voice in my head (face it folks we all hear our horses in our heads - they have a voice) sounds like a Southern Belle - sweet as peach pie southern drawl.
Me: Rosie more forward trot
Rosie: Like this?
Me: Almost - how about some balance and off the forehand.
Rosie: um k?
Me: Let's try this - "halt"
Me: Trot.. but not yet.
Rosie: ? But your legs are on?
Me: Not yet!
Rosie: But I want to GO! (dancing)
Me: Stand still .. get ready!
Rosie: But your legs are on!
Me: I know - trust me - you'll like this!
Rosie: Ok I'm quiet.
Me: TROT !
Rosie: YeeHAW ! That made my shoulders come up and my butt move under me!
Me: You're a powerful mare Rosie - use it!
Rosie: You said "Powerful" - I like it!
.... After a few of those types of transitions it was time for the canter conversation.
Me: Ok Rosie - canter please?
Rosie: no - faster trot
Rosie: Nope I trot so fast you loose your balace - I don't have to canter.
Me: Rosie CANTER NOW!
Me: Don't care you're on the wrong lead - that's your problem.
Rosie: Imma slow down now - gate is coming up on our left.
Me: keep cantering please...
Rosie: nope - Gate... trotting
Me: Canter NOW!
Me: DO NOT BREAK TO TROT "tap with dressage whip"
Rosie: OH MY GAWD!!! You didn't just TOUCH me with that thing did you? BUCK !
Me: Seriously mare? "tap with whip" GALLOP NOW!
Rosie: Oh Crap! This.is.hard. I want to stop now!
Me: NO! "tap"
Rosie: Ok Ok! .. galloping galloping...
Rosie: Yes ma`am
Rosie: YES MA`AM
Me: Good mare
Rosie: I know