We ended up trail riding over to the fairgrounds and there I schooled Suzie briefly. I wasn't able to really get some nitty-gritty schooling done like I wanted to, considering it was exceptionally hot out and the Hubs and the friend who joined us weren't necessarily interested in schooling around in circles. I played around with an invisible barrel pattern, which was fun and Suzie got down and dirty on the second barrel a few times - she was really enjoying herself and had her game face on for the majority of our "practice runs".
I am quite happy with the above photo - she is still quite tense in her body and isn't necessarily using herself, but this is AMAZING progress considering how we USED to look together. It just takes baby steps, and we both are still trying to figure out this curb business. My new tack (according to my brother!) just came in today so I will be trying it out and using the longer reins on her, which will help immensely. You can see in the photo how I am trying to keep the reins long for her despite them being barrel reins.
I really need to work on pushing her into the bridle. Compressing her up into a tight, coiled ball is NOT my idea of a good time. I need to not be "afraid" of really pushing her up and into the bridle. I kind of stop riding once she gets a nice, quiet jog and don't use my legs as much as I should. So that will be my task for the month! USE THOSE LITTLE LEGS!