Today is kind of crazy so I was going to skip posting, but then Stana uploaded this video of Paula and I from the arena ride Monday night. Although it blatently points out that I really need to work on my seat (both in the riding and diet aspect), I figured I'd share it anyway.
They say swallowing one's pride will not cause indigestion. I'll get back to you on whether that's true or not.
Even when she's going 100 mph she's still so nice and soft. She's starting to acknowledge the cues to slow down and when she comes out of our circles she's in just the right spot, collection-wise. We just need to work on maintaining that now. I need work, too--I need to smooth out my cues a little better and stop leaning forward. I also need to give her a little more rein and work on leaving her alone a little more.
That's what's so nice about video. Even though I detest watching myself, it does give me the opportunity to see what I'm doing wrong. If I correct those things then it will only further help Paula develop into a nice pleasure horse.