So Ruger has been down at the barn and has been being ridden partly by me and partly by the other assistant trainer there. (Yep, for those of you that have been reading my thread about my Mom, we finally reached a good compromise on the training thing)
Anywho we did a lot of rounding onto the bit, because after several months off Ruger is of the opinion that he can string himself out and flip his head upside down like a coyote howling at the moon. Plus I started working on his stops and spins. He's putting some slides down again, not big ones, but enough to make me happy. His spins aren't particularly fast yet but they are very correct, he just needs to loosen up more which will come in time and training. I think at the end of this month I should be able to start him doing flying changes. He does simple and interrupted changes very well, he just needs to get back into work before he can start back on his normal workout routine.
Alright, without further ado, here's some pictures of the super star:
Oh and I rode him bareback for the first time. Last time anyone was on him bareback he freaked out, did NOT like it at all. So, I stuck on my noggin-bucket (aka one very bowl-like troxel helmet because I forgot my good helmet) and rode him around. He did SO good. He didn't even care. I did w/t/c both directions, and then took him to the middle and did some haunch/forehand turns and sidepassing, then trotted the barrel pattern just for kicks.