I rode Ollie and I asked Matt to video our horribleness.
This is what I'm proud about in the video - Ollie stands like a rock at the mounting block. No more "throwing it into reverse" the minute my foot hits the stirrup. Also, I think I'm sitting up more and I'm slowly getting my legs more underneath me. Best of all, I can see that Ollie likes me and tries for me. His ears flick back and forth constantly listening to me and he hardly protests my pathetic seat. I LOVE THIS HORSE!
What I'm not proud about is that I bounce around on his back like a jumping bean! Poor Ollie! Having said that, he's never back sore. But I bet he's wishing I didn't have that second helping of yummy pasta the other night. :)
So Ollie and I are practicing and I'm not afraid to show how we're doing. Our canter departs couldn't be worse but he have to start somewhere. This is why I take lessons.
Ollie and I are trying hard and we'll get there!
After our ride, I hitched up the trailer by myself and loaded up Ollie. He's a rockstar about loading onto a trailer. We drove around a country block (several miles) and came back home. He pooped up a storm and was sweating but otherwise he was no worse for wear. Toby greeted him loudly and Ollie answered. Those two are total BFF's. I figure that Ollie will relax more for the trip the more we do it. So next week we're off to our trainers farm and our lesson. I can't wait!