Thank you for the helpful critique. Ugh yes, that dreaded inside leg. I know I've been doing something wrong with it, but haven't quite been able to put my finger on it, so thank you for that. Agree with the pushing my toes up, and using my seat more, I've been finding this really helps her balance better once she's into the lope... which I've been trying to do it at the walk and trot as well. Ive also been trying to hold her shoulder up and support her on the short ends of the arena when we are loping because she likes to duck her shoulder/body down and fly around the corner because I KNOW she's unbalanced. Part of it I think is me not being 100% balanced either (which I'm trying to be more aware of!!), but I also think she is still gaining balance/muscle to hold her self better as well. The straightaways seem to be easier for her. Feet are a work in progress.. they were a mess when she arrived, but look much better already. I wanted to get her out into the outdoor this fall to ride so she has more room to do some loping, but looks like that idea is shot for now. We got snow last night (not much but roads are definitely icy) and its going to be COLD the rest of the week. High's in the 20's... which is not my fun idea of riding outside... we will see if we get a good snow covering this winter, I might try riding her outside for a few minutes. She is also still pretty nekkid in the hair wise department. Not that I'm complaining but that will call for some thicker blankets if she doenst grow any. I'm hoping next spring before the bugs hit to get her out trail riding some.. its good for getting them used to life and a good change from riding in an arena Im also planning on trying to loose some weight and gain muscle myself by joining the gym. Hopefully i can stick with it! My motivation to ride last night was not there, so I attempted to sack her out with a grain bag last night... she was more interested in biting it and trying to figure out if there was more food left in it.