Painter was sooo good today. He was spooky, but contollable (his new ear puffies helped) And we got a few very calm jumps, especially the first and last ones. My trainer had me focus on half halting all the way to the base and not locking and pulling when he got the bit. The new bit for lessons (harsher then his normal one) was a big help too. I also tried half halting with just the outside rein with more success.
He had a few jumps where he ran at them, but that's to be expected. He also completely lost it at one point and did the whole sweating, huffing and puffing and being tense, and everytime we passed a jump trotting, he galloped past it. BUT he actually then calmed down when I got his mind of it and finished up with a perfect outside vertical. In the past once he shut down the lesson was over, he would just get worse and worse.
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PLUS we actually cantered a few jumps for the first time. He stried to take off, but not horribly.
Over all just a very fun ride. I got a chance to talk to my trainer about him, what she expects, hopes, and thinks will happen, what she expected when we got him. She also talked to me about his faults and the things he excels at. She is not one to give compliments, so it was wonderful to hear her say I had got him to be probably the best at flat in the entire barn (with many horses being TOP quality horses, that is a very nice thing to hear).