Rory gave her a thumbs up, glancing over the two with a practiced eye. They looked fine, good. Jay looked more bored than anything else, even a little cranky that his lesson was continuing instead of him being taken back to his paddock for lunch. Lydia was sitting neatly in the saddle, back in her solid position. If she was nervous, she certainly wasn't showing it through tension in her body.
"Go ahead and move him back into a walk," Rory requested, mind running idly through the different things he could have her do as a nice, safe finish to the lesson. They could work some more on bending in the trot or do some work without stirrups -- no, he decided after a moment, that would be a little too much like a punishment rather than a reward -- or trot-poles, maybe. He continued talking as he tried to decide. "Concentrate on your leg position. Remember, you want it just behind the girth, not miles behind or miles ahead. If your leg is too far back he'll speed up, too far forward and he won't listen to your aids. Gently squeeze your reins a couple of times, get him listening to you in his mouth. Make sure he's listening completely to you. If he's got both ears forward for more than a few seconds, he's not paying attention."
He'd been going to have her canter, originally. Jay had a lovely canter. Uphill and smooth, with an easy rocking motion that made sitting a dream. But now...was it worth it? He figured Jay would be good no matter what, the gelding wasn't one to be fazed by a brief spook and bolt and was in fact probably too tired to kick up a fuss anyway, but...would Lydia be okay with it?
Well there was one way to find out, wasn't there?
"Do you want to try some...c-a-n-t-e-r work?" Jay probably wouldn't listen to him even if he had used the word instead of spelling it out, but no sense in taking chance and having the gelding prepare for a transition that Lydia didn't want.
fall down seven times stand up eight
(so you've got to keep in mind, when you try to change the world for the better not everybody's gonna be on your side)