Then we formed into 2 groups circling the arena in opposite directions and attempting to weave between each other. Ideally, it should have been a smooth and elegant exercise. Unfortunately, I think we looked a bit more like out-of-control bumper cars! I thing we need more practice.
I opted to ride Honey Jo because I wanted to see how she behaved in a group environment with strange horses. I was pleased with her bahavior. I did figure out something I need to improve on when I ride her. Bryce had mentioned near the beginning of the clinic how sometimes our horses (mostly the more sensitive, energetic ones) will teach us to keep our legs off their sides. Honey Jo tends to get nervous easily and will rush forward at the slightest touch of your leg. I had worked on fixing this in the past, but as I rode, I realized I was avoiding leg contact. My legs were a little stiff and held slightly away from her sides--easy to do with her more rounded barrel. I was unconsciously developing a bad habit! I immediately went to work on desensitizing her to random leg movements, but I think it will take a bit of time to fully fix her.
One of the reasons I like going to these clinics is to help me find and improve any flaws in my horsemanship. This clinic was well worth the cost and it was great fun to boot. Thank you!