I rode on my own yesterday. I tried to keep PJ on his hind end. It was a bit cool, so PJ was a little more forward than normal, which helped. I used the clicker and the whip. When I asked nicely and he went, I clicked. When I asked nicely and he didn’t do it, I got after him until he did and then I clicked.
I called Barbara later in the day about something unrelated and she asked about my ride. I told her I thought it went okay but really didn’t know. I got him to go. When I did downward transitions I didn’t need to use my hands. I could adjust his trot within the trot. He cantered off exactly when I asked but raised his head a little to the left. When I looked in the mirrors he looked nice, and he felt into contact. But I wasn’t really sure. I don’t have the feel. She made me feel a little better by saying it sounded like it went well and that I did the best I could do. We’ll see.