Problem was, Lucy is in heat. She dozed at the tie rail and it was work to get her forward in the arena. She preferred to amble and self-selected downward transitions. When she woke up, she was in a grumpy mood. Obedient? Relaxed? Harmonious? Ha! Lucy tossed her mane, swished her tail, farted -- a lot, and alternated between charging forward and sucking back. Oy.
I rode the test just for the heck of it. We were a total fail; careening up centerline, sliding sideways, and halting with Lucy's head in the air. It didn't improve from there.
The thing with Lucy is that she has very good days and very not-so-good days. I knew this when I bought her. Sandy told me that some days we would have great canter work and some days Lucy wouldn't be able to settle. I needed to be ready to change the game plan. When Lucy has a bad day, I typically just ride until she relaxes and then call it quits. No canter work, just trot.
We have a lot more work to do.