Monday's lesson horse was Jimmy. It was in the 90s and humid. Ugh! The sand in the arena just sticks to everything when it's that hot!
We worked on trotting figure 8's at the sitting trot, which was supposed to help with my balance. After having me make some adjustments, we started cantering figure 8's, which I got all wrong. Jimmy started getting a little upset with me, and then M had me hop off so she could show me the correct why to cue him.
I was, apparently, over bending him. For some reason I have it in my mind that you really have to angle the horse before asking for the canter. After M showed me what I was doing wrong, I got back on and we worked at cantering a serpentine instead of the figure 8's. Half of the time Jimmy picked up the wrong lead and I didn't know. This is the kind of stuff that we really need to work on, because I am still clueless when it comes to getting the correct lead at the canter!
It took forever to cool him out, and we even went outside to the round pen to walk around. It's in the shade, and there was a nice breeze by then. M followed me out and had me practice turning on the haunches and maneuvering Jimmy at the walk. Then he got a sponge bath, and finally was allowed to eat his dinner. It was so hot that I didn't linger, but instead headed home to eat my dinner.