Past 2 evenings have been great rides with Riva. Since our lesson Sunday, she has been forward and listening. Trot speed is so much better and canter is coming easier. I know my confidence is growing also, which only helps Riva.
Last night, just myself and one other rider were in the arena. The other horse is one of Riva/s 'boyfriends', meaning she loves and hates him at the same time. She pinned her ears twice at him, when she thought he was in her personal space - but other than that, she was focused and working. We got in canter on both leads - about 3/4 of the arena each direction. Lots of really nice trot work and circles.
Tonight, two other riders in the arena. Riva was much more 'mareiss' - lifting her head and pinning ears, trying to veer into them, etc. Kept working - got one canter each directions and quite a bit of good trot work again. 20 meter circles were a little tougher tonight on the left rein again, but once she got it, they were good.
I do love this horse! She is a blast - always makes me think and work - I am blessed to have this girl :-)