Samantha Thorning with Aspen, (On Line, 30 mins) Had a lot of fun playing with Aspen on-line today. Everything was pretty good from the start but we had substantial improvement in our back up yo-yo and sideways by the end of our session. She's really figured out the figure-8 pattern, almost too much so. She' s beginning to just do the pattern without looking to me for direction - gets her feet going a bit fast and then can't wait for direction. So we played with slowing everything way down and creating more rests either with me or in the center of the pattern.

Samantha Thorning with Aspen, (Freestyle, 30 mins) Again, noticed some great improvements in todays ride since our previous one. More relaxation right off the bat and much more lightness in the halter. Really starting to get the patterns of FTR, figure-8, partial disengagements, 9-step backup, and move appropriately in response to a direct and indirect rein. Played with a couple small jumps today too which was fun. Got some great video I'll be posting of us a little later!