I had a busy and tiring weekend, so this isn't going to be a long update (still have to write about my rides this week!), but I thought I'd leave you with a little video of the red devil herself having a lunge session today:
Compared to the last lunging video I posted, you'll see that she has significantly chilled out since then. At this point, I would prefer her to be in that slightly less engaged and slower trot, so long as her back is relaxed and her neck is lengthened. You can see some of the subtle differences between when her back is tight and when she is looser. She is also responding well to voice commands, although you can see how the lunge line drops as I make a move towards her to keep her from turning towards me when she stops! (I'm a stickler for stopping out on the line where you are - it keeps the horse engaged in their halts. Some people like when their horses stop and turn towards them... as for me, I consider it a rudeness and a safety hazard if that horse decides to go bouncing forward into your space! After the camera stopped, I made her walk off and halt again, and the second time it was perfect.)
EDITED TO ADD: By the way, here's a picture of the monster kitten, who had up until recently still been known as the Shitten - he's getting so big that somebody mentioned he was starting to look like a Shat instead of a Shitten, so we dubbed him Shatner! At 10 weeks he weighs almost 4lbs, he is going to be HUGE!