I arrived at the ranch earlier than usual to get my ride done earlier. I groomed Warren, who was a lot cleaner than he had been for the past few weeks. I walked him up to the jumping arena, where two horses were being turned out.
I ended up warming in the main arena for about 15 minutes at the walk and trot. I warmed Warren up in there, working on backing up (which was worse than last week) and getting him to move forward and not lazily plod around the arena. We also worked a bit on trotting on a loose rein as well as neck reining, which actually turned out to be pretty successful.
I moved back up to the jumping arena after warming Warren up, since the horses were taken out of the jumping arena. I set up four trot poles down the centerline of the arena, then hopped on Warren and started going over the trot poles like I had practiced in my previous lessons.
After going over the trot poles a few times to get Warren to adjust to them, my mom helped me elevate every other pole while I did some canter work. I picked up a canter and let him just canter around the arena a couple of times before working on simple lead changes with him. Warren did the simple lead changes with little effort, except some tries when he did not change his lead while changing directions. Those times, he ended up (almost) doing flying lead changes. Instead of changing his lead on both his front and hind legs, he switched leads in the front and left his hind legs, leading to him cross cantering.
We went over the trot poles a few times then cooled down. He was really tired and sweaty from the ride (it doesn’t help he has so much hair and the weather is so warm), so I kept the ride short and walked him down back to his field. I untacked him, gave him a good curry, and gave him his bucket while I cleaned his field. Once I was done, I took him into the dressage arena to roll, then I put him away to have lunch.
Overall, Warren was really good this week! He was pretty responsive to my cues, and he was very willing to move. For myself, I still need to work on pushing my chest out, but my equitation has definitely improved greatly from a few months ago.