My Levi’s order finally came. All the 550s fit Mr. Harmless, so those are keepers. Of the three pair I ordered for myself, only the 512 looked good on and were comfortable. Surprisingly, the size 12 fit the best. A little snug, but hopefully the weight will keep coming off. I ordered another pair, plus some more of the same for Mr. Harmless.
My four pairs of Old Navy Divas fit, but the super low cut waist makes me look like I have a weird elongated torso and stumpy legs. Odd, because I’m actually quite short waisted. There’s also a good four inch gap at the back of the waist band. Into the “Do Not Wear” box they go. They’re practically new, so hopefully it will teach me not to buy any more super low waisted pants or jeans again! They worked when I was fatter, but the rise is just too low on these smaller sizes.
Penelepe: the usual, zero spooks. A very short schooling ride as my trainer spent almost all of the time working on Ferra’s neck.
Ferra: my trainer worked her in the big outdoor arena, working on getting her neck longer. It looked great and I didn’t see that weird kink in her neck ever once. Then I got on her for a very short lesson in which we worked on the half long neck.
My trainer said to imagine that the rein was a solid rod and push her out with it. This means the contact always has to be very steady, no loopy rein after all.
I’m trying to ride at least one test after ever session on one horse. I had planned to ride Ferra in 1-1, or T-1 if that was too much, but between everyone going out for the groom’s 50th birthday and my lesson being cut short by another client’s loose horse, I ended up just having my trainer take the horses down to my trailer with me. I untracked and loaded by myself and the girls were really well behaved.
Penelepe: the usual.
Winnie: schooling ride plus a mini lesson. We worked on free walk and stretchy trot. I need to re-establish contact when she raises her head, invite back down to a longer neck without getting super busy with my hands (need to use elbows to get big, temporary, shorter rein changes by quickly pulling elbows behind my waist.) This is actually how I need to ride Ferra all the time.