Thanks, everyone. Thanks for helping me and teaching me. Thanks for being polite, helpful, and honest in your comments. I rode for two hours today after not having ridden in three days, and it was a little rough (and my jeans were very sweaty, so it was harder not to bounce around in the saddle), but we worked our way up to the three-foot fence again, and it went well, even though he had several refusals. I figured out it was because we were either going too slow, too fast, or his body wasn't straight enough for the jump. Plus, it was about 100 degrees out today.
Anyway, we HAD to do flatwork for the first hour, because there were four other people and three other horses in the arena. There was a teenager, the BO's ten year old daughter, the teenager's mom, and the teenager's dad. The poor teenager's horse! Her parents were yelling at her to shorten her reins and jerk him to make him stop. He had on a tie-down and he kept fighting it. The bit was WAY too far up his jaw and it got higher every time the girl would yank. The thing is, she was riding Western, and the reins are supposed to be slack! I was riding with more slack than she was, and her parents took no notice of me until....
Winchester broke his bridle. I had him hitched at the fence, and I decided to set up a crossrails because the flatwork was getting boring (and I felt like showing off a bit 8D). Well, he decided that the pole I was dragging in front of him was going to eat him, so he backed up, and the cheek pieces just snapped. He was headshy for a moment because he was still afraid (plus the dad was behind him acting all macho, waving his arms so that Winny couldn't run out of the open gate), but he calmed down once I touched his neck and petted his face. Luckily, the reins and the bit are perfectly fine. I just need to get a new headstall.
Our session went well before the bridle broke, but the BO's English bridle has a French Link instead of the loose ring snaffle I use, and Winchester suddenly got hard in the mouth again....so the rest of our session together was....frustrating. That was also when he had all of his refusals.
And thanks for all of the compliments about Winchester! He is a pretty boy....BEFORE he rolls in the dirt! XD
I'll keep this thread updated, and I'll TRY to have a video posted in the next week!