On the storm day, he actually had his head up high and his nose in the air, like he was smelling something. Then he reared. He hasnt done this since that day with an incoming thunder storm.
The weekend was REALLY hot and we hacked over poles and practices walk/trot transition. I only kept him going 20 minues each day because of the heat, and I like to end our sessions when he is being good, to reinforce things!
I have not cantered since he started crow hopping 3 weeks ago. He stopped that little habit for now, and we may reintroduce the canter again soon. He's finally holding his head in a better place, and I am riding with very little contact on his mouth.
Ok, so here is my next OTTB question for you experts out there: I am used to riding hunters that just keep going until you tell them not to. If you get into a canter, for example, they don't generally stop until you ask them to transition down. With my OTTB, its work for me to keep him going in ANY gait. He doesnt just "keep doing it". I cluck a lot in the trot, and he responds to that. Sometimes when I sit back a bit to signal to go from trot to walk, he STOPS completely, and I need to let yield him back to the walk, then we start all over. He is doing what I ask, he just doesnt KEEP GOING unless I remind him.
WHen does it become natural to KEEP GOING?!