Aargh I am so happy right now. My thinline pad arrived a few days ago and have been using it with my new saddle, and I had the absolute best ride yesterday. Best I think i've felt Bundy ever. I think he is still getting used to the new saddle so will keep improving.
I trail rode up to our PC and back and then did some flatwork in the paddock out front of our place. He was really foward and spooky on the trail, he isn't used to riding out by himself, but was good. Then the flatwork... Wow!! Amazing!! I did modtly canter work. He was doing the best slow, together canter (He used tohave trouble with maintaining enough impulsion to stay forward and slow) and he was doing awesome stops. Did a lot of rollbacks to the outside of the circle and picking up the new lead straight out of the rollback, which he did fgreat. He started to jump up during the rollbacks, so changed a few to 360 spins which helped ground him again and made the rolbacks so sweet :]
Decided to have a go at some flying changes since he was so together... Now they are something I have never learnt or taught, so i'm flying by the seat of my pants with them. When I can afford lessons its one of the big things I want to work on. Well... We got them! I think he might have changed front to back but hey, it was within one stride and made ma pretty chuffed.
Then to finish I figured I'd try some haunch turns (about turn from a canter without stopping forward motion) because he was never really grat with them, tended to lose momentum and blow out of the second half of the turn.
Holy crap, he nearly left me in the dirt. Had I been in my old wintec I probably would have been in the dirt :] It was amazing, he was so underneath himself that it took about .5 of a second and we were travelling the other way, on a direct line. I did one each way and quit, I was so unbelievably stoked.
So I guess he is getting more comfortable now with the change of feed, new saddle and thinline, and really starting to be able to use his body properly and work happily under saddle. ASH shows and campdrafts here we come!