I have take blitz out quite a few times the past few weeks, riding trails we have never ridden before. I finally feel like I have control over him, and that he will respond to me. I feel comfortable loping along the trails, knowing that he WILL stop if I ask him (even if we are going the direction of home), and that if he spooks I CAN handle and diffuse the situation. He is neck reining and moving off my leg quite nicely (we still have a ways to go), he will change speed or stop completely in responce to my seat. And if he refuses to do something such as cross a creek, I know he will spin left and then move on with minimum prompting. I can read him before he reacts... SO happy! Soon, I feel I wont even have to ask, he will just do.
For example, a bear ran out infront of us on the trail maybe 15 yards as
Im not sure if what we have acheived is trust or understanding, but riding is now a joy, not an anxious chore. He spooked, spun left, and it happend so fast that I don't know if I did it or he did it, but before I knew what was going on, we were headed right donw the trail in the direction we were going before the spook, I didnt lose my seat at all. We have experienced gun shots, dirtbikes, ATVs, huge mud holes and puddles, the infamous scary stump, and more deer and bears to shake a stick at, and no issues. Something has just clicked... I love my horse!