Originally Posted by tinyliny
when things get sloppy, ride him out foreward. Too much work on bending and flexing and nitpicking on his mouth will kill his forward. Ride out on a loose rein and let him just GO! This will freshen him.
I tried that yesterday but to no avail. I will try again. He seemed bothered by something near the barn so I tried approach and retreat, got him as close as I thought I could while just a bit out of his comfort zone but not too close so that he throws a fit and quit our ride there. It did drop several degrees while riding so maybe the weather hindered us too.