Today I lunged Toofine again, for only a short time this time. We got saddled up, and I had him wear his snaffle. We did flat work, emphasizing on the sitting to posting trot, and back again, staying at a consistent speed. We kind of worked on a free walk. Both leads were thrown in there too. Then I tested my theory to see if it was the bit that was the problem while jumping -- it is. He would fling his nose up, and rush the jump (which was a small crossrail) for warm up. Luckily I brought my hackamore out with me, and we switched into that. MAJOR improvement. He was much more willing to slow down in it, and stop. We went through a jump course varying from 2'3 to 3', I think. I was amazed at how different it is jumping him in a hackamore. I can actually adjust his speed in it, and help avoid rushing the jumps. I waited for him to start taking off before I went into a two point, which was different for me, but it felt right. At a point of time in this ride, I could feel the power of his jump. No longer did he just fling himself over, but I felt him really push up and over. It was INCREDIBLE.
Tomorrow he gets a break since I am being forced to participate in a wretched holiday instead of spending time with my horse. Friday I plan to ride twice, once in the morning focusing on dressage and then once in the afternoon focusing on jumping. Saturday or Sunday I am riding down the road with my friend to go over some low xc jumps that a neighbor has. I think next week I will mainly be focusing on practicing the dressage test, and perfecting it as much as possible with one or two jump practices before the show.
Also, I will most likely be going to an Arabian show that has dressage classes in 2 weeks so I can add experience on my horse. Yippee!