Very good lesson tonight (well, last night at this point), but definitely made the pony and I work hard (especially given that I’m transitioning from 5 straight days of nonstop helping with, stressing over, and participating in other’s events to planning and putting on my own events in the next 2 weeks)!
We warmed up with square turns and leg yields thrown in, some no-stirrup trotting to really get him using and holding himself well, transitions from canter to halt to forehand turn and repeat, teardrop turns with lead changes at the canter, and then counter-cantering. Picking up the outside lead was probably 50-50, and he started out breaking to a trot partway through the turns. We were able to get and keep the counter canter both ways all the way around and then try circling on it (we almost made a full circle to the left and did to the right).
And then he looked super cute wearing a nice cooler of my trainer’s and gobbling up treats a mom of one of the younger girls was feeding him.