My poor pony ended up taking about a 2 week break recently. Between 4-H fair week (He stayed home, I went to help out...) and the uber hot and muggy weather, I didn't have the heart to make either of us work any more than neccessary.
This morning I saddled up, basically expecting to spend the entire ride calming him down and relaxing him. We had been having issues rushing down one of the long sides of the arena into the front corner at the trot, so I expected that I would be really having to hold and circle him a lot to get sanity from him.
Scout was an absolute gem! I lunged him for about 5 minutes first since he'd had such a break, to make sure he was focusing on me before I stepped on. He cantered nicely on both leads, gave me polite, even-strided trots, pleasant, forward walks, pretty circles, even a somewhat willing back-up! And when we came to the "rushy" spot in the ring, he pleasantly responded to my request to stay even at the trot, no leaning, no tension, no short, choppy stride! Yay!
So proud of my boy!