She had us do a nice, working trot as she counted the strides between the two cones. When we came to the next long side, she wanted us to get the same number of strides. This is one way to check that you have a steady tempo. It's harder than it sounds!
Then she reminded me about asking for big, bigger, biggest. And of course with her coaching, we got a nice lengthening with fewer strides than at the working trot. This exercise will show whether your horse is just going faster, or truly lengthening the stride.
And now, we're back to our normal routine!