:01 Nice, straight center line. I'm a little disappointed to see that Willow's frame doesn't look all that different from May, even though she feels much different.
:24 Decent travers! Could show a little more bend.
:35 Ugh. I'm still letting her get strung out too much. Half halt!
:41 I like the transition from travers to shoulder in.
1:13 Decent shoulder in.
1:46 Good medium! Just needs a little more elevation.
2:15 Still wishing she was a little more put together.
2:31 Watch the left side of your screen for Lucy the border collie puppy.
2:50 Canter is still big and boundy, but nothing like it was in May!
3:12 Watch our struggles with small canter circles!
3:49 Good simple change through trot.
3:58 Hey! Look at that! Some elevation! Even though she's a little above the bit.
4:27 I think maybe this is an 11-meter circle. Look at my outside leg! Busy.
4:43 I hope the simple changes through trot are this good when we compete.
4:50 Here I spend a little time on quick transitions to get her off my hand. You get to see just how much she likes the whip. And I'm only lightly touching her.
6:30 Some resistance, but I'm happy she's taking it up instead of diving down like she used to.
6:57 That, there, was a 10-meter circle. But the quality of the canter suffered.
7:09 Behold the elevation! Good girl!
7:22 Baby canter half pass. More at 8:00 after a brief argument.
8:28 Some mare-ishness about the whip. Again, just touching her lightly.
8:40 Baby trot half pass. More at 9:00, 9:20, 9:39. Watching this, I hear Wolfgang's voice in my head: "Get the butt! Get the butt!"
OK, everyone tell me if I'm just seeing what I want to see, but I see a more collected horse at the end of the ride than the beginning. Not yet second level material, but there are flashes that look pretty good from time to time. Willow's a big girl--she topped out at 16.3 1/2, with a long neck and back--and I just keep reminding myself that it'll take time for her to build the strength she needs.