Each trainer has her/his approach, and this was my first lesson with Julie. I had intended to arrive early for the lesson so I could longe Phantom and warm up in the arena. I didn't get around as planned, and I should have. Although I did longe and trot around briefly, Phantom was not fully prepped for our workout.
Julie gave us a good warmup exercise at the walk to get our horses listening to our legs. Then we went right into trot and canter work. Phantom and I have issues with his canter, since his inclination is to crossfire. So even though we got bits of good canter on our individual circles, he kept dropping out of the canter during the later exercises.
I suspect an observer would have thought we were having a h*** of a time, which in one sense we were. But Julie gave such good feedback on my position that I have some great homework to occupy my future rides. Go figure -- I need to relax my leg down, bring back my left shoulder, relax my neck and shoulders, slow my seat at the walk, and follow more with my hands. Hmmm. Sounds like I haven't had anyone on the ground to pick on me for a long time! Per usual, once I got myself situated correctly, Phantom immediately responded as desired.
Afterwards, Phantom and I joined "the Girls" for a stroll around the galloping track. With calmer Fancy and Peter for company, he was a little less looky. Although we did have a moment when we encountered field workers moving around a neighboring property. Fancy and Phantom gave them the hairy eyeball but progressed without incident.
So it was a good start to the month.
I am glad to be done with August, since my mother went back into the hospital at the end of the month for a second blood transfusion for severe anemia with a follow-up bone marrow biopsy. We get the results next week.