They took their first ride outside today. Choke was a good girl, she went up the hill and back with only a slight bit of hesitation. Not bad for the first time outside an arena since becoming "domestic".
She's continuing on in the basics. She's getting good at lateral movement from the ground and in the saddle. She yields her shoulders and hindquarters well, though better to the left than the right. She is just beginning to canter (without relying on the confines of a roundpen) under saddle. She picks up her leads just fine!
TJ said she can get a little hot at moments, but he plans to use that to his advantage. There may be cattle in her future... Over all though, she is already a pretty solid little mare, or at least TJ makes her look that way!
Remington tagged along today as well! We started work on Tent Pegging, which is quite a bit of fun, but very tiring for an out-of-shape mustang. In fact, Rem was so tired, he decided to lay down at the end of our lesson, while I was still on top... darn mustang. I got off but made him get right back up, there will be no rolling with the saddle on!!! So, I took the saddle off and let him have a go in the sand. He must have rolled back and forth 10 times before he finally got up.
Keep an eye out for the video, I'll get it posted here as soon as I can!