Productive ride last night -- I longed first, then hopped on. Pony was a little up and spooked at the mirrors, then gave the standards in the corner a really hard look, considering whether he wanted to spook. I decided that yknow, I'd rather not fight that fight. Work smarter, not harder! So I plopped him back on the line and side reins and made him work. When I got back on 10 minutes later, Apollo was much, much more interested in being cooperative. Heh.
So we worked on steady, rhythmic trot, trot-canter transitions, and some shoulder fore and leg yield. We're in a good starting place on the lateral work: I get the concept and the basics, but I need to refine my aids and make the movements better. He needs to strengthen. This is a good place to be in. :)
And the Naughty Pasture Instigator goes back out to pasture today. *nibbles nails* I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried -- for his safety, for the other horses' safety, for the fences ... but I'm hoping it works out. Please, Apollo, don't be the pasture troll. Please.