... we now carry a right bend! Yes, yoou heard me correctly. Not only can we actually get a true right bend, but we can carry ourselves too.
To start at the beginning, Cadence was better last night but not perfect. I could get some bend/give to the right, but she never totally gave it. Its like she wasn't really moving through that right side. Make sense? I hope so... it's a little difficult to put into words. Today my lesson started off in much the same manner, except that we had a little more give to the right than previously. Then, about a third of the way through the lesson, she was grabbign and laying so we halted and rattled her off it, then asked for the bend. Bam! We had a right bend. Like a true I will give and bend my nose to your stirrup if you want me to right bend. Even better? We were able to keep it through the rest of the ride without much fuss (there was a little resistance after the canter) AND she was now carrying herself and not laying on me. What an awesome mare :)
We'd started off the ride with the clammer in (wrapped in vetwrap to make it softer for her! The things people come up with...) and took it off at the end of the ride to make sure we still had the bend. She was totally loose and jiggly in a way that I've never seen her before. We also were able to get a little more push from behind once that neck (and subsequently back) unlocked for me. I could truly get her working back to front! Honestly, I don't think she's ever been so free and bendable as she was today. It was a lovely feeling.