Today was an awesome day. Noble was such a good boy. I finally found something that spooks him! We've encountered kids, dogs, lawnmowers, gunshots, and none of it spooked him at all. Well today the neighbors had caught a wild pig and it was squealing like it was being slaughtered. He was okay at first, but the wind picked up and he started crowhopping and spinning and tried to rear. Poor guy! His heart was beating out of his chest. Mental note taken: Noble doesn't like listening to pigs being killed! (The pig wasnt actually getting killed, but it sure sounded like it!!!)
I rode him only at a walk today.... I can't believe how much fun I had just at the walk! I was trying to get him to soften and be more supple, so I was doing lots of circles, serpentines, figure eights, and leg yielding. He leg yielded to the right beautifully, but I had to push a lot harder going to the left. Usually going to the left is his good direction.... he did get a little better towards the end. He was reaching for the bit and stretching really low.. it was great! Hopefull we will be able to keep it together at the trot and canter, too.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me to get him more supple and bending? He is a 5 y/o TB with nothing but 6 months of race training and a few months of trails and then being a pasture puff. He is extremely quiet and really wants to please.