Many thanks to Cha Ching's Madre for taking photos and videoing the session.
Speedy G had to be introduced to "himself" of course, and he LOVED the mirrors. I couldn't get him to look away. Here's a funny clip of his introduction to the mirrors.
Leslie is a tough instructor. There is no coddling, no friendly banter. It is all business. I was gasping for air after each chunk that we did. After some initial theory and explanation of how my body should work to get Speedy G's body to work, she tried to start us with serpentines. I bombed that part. Since my time in an actual dressage court has been so limited, I haven't learned to ride to the "marks." Once she realized I didn't get it, she grabbed some weeds and marked off the 20 meter marks on the center line. That really helped. She then backed up a bit and had me ride each of the three 20-meter circles independently. Then we went back to the serpentines. Much better.
Once I had Speedy G more on the bit (still not there, but better), she had me work on the canter. The video is from the end of the lesson. I was T-I-R-E-D by this point, but I held it together to finish the ride.