We were at it again today in the lovely 104F sun (it's past 9pm and still in the triple digits, yikes!).
So many circles! But he was kept on his feet and his mind stayed busy with lots of changes. Circle left, circle right, half circle, figure eights, halt from trot, trot from halt, back, straight, then mix it up.
This is just the second session of me trying this particular method to slow his trot down and I'm already seeing a change. He still gets fast, but actually keeps a slow tempo for longer than he has been.
He seemed much happier since I kept the reins loose almost the entire time. And funny enough after having his reins loose and me being more relaxed, by the end of the ride I hardly had to touch the reins when asking for a stop. He was more than willing. Goes to show he certainly doesn't need me pulling at him with that particular bit in his mouth.
I'm so happy I'm working with and learning on an unbelievably
patient, SMART horse.