Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
Today I worked him and he was fine until it came time to canter (I need a ground spotter because my leads are off..I can't feel the correct ones anymore) he tried to "drive" or run into it like a loon. Both, not okay. So I spiraled him in and out of circles via leg yielding and body weight shifting.. he listened so well :) Then he picked up the correct right lead, got some canter steps where he was carrying himself, then we went back to trotwork. He did so well on each lead. He tends to "drive" (as in decide WHEN to canter) on the left side since it's my worse side and it's his better side, so that was when we had issues. Other than that, good good boy today.
Apparently he is slow-mo bolting. My instructor called him out on it. I KNEW he was being naughty but I didn't know what to call it.
He'll throw his head mid lovely stretchy relaxed trot, even if I'm rising, and canter on the left lead all hollow. My instructor called that being rude and jerky so we worked on sitting trot and posting trot in a circle, using a pulley rein when he ignored my half halts to stay slow and would pick up the canter... sooo bad!
Did an ulcer palpation.. he's fine!
My lesson today was awesome though. Worked with trot poles spread out to mimic calveletti and we got some true extended trot steps from him! It was a crazy feeling to ride!!!! Everyone in the arena was oohing and ahhing. Weird feeling!
Practiced shoulder fore on a circle both in walk and trot and technically canter transitions to work on straightening him out as he likes to drop or jut out awkwardly. Did some lovely leg yielding to in order to stay on the circle and not creep in.
He was sweeeeeeeaty when we were done. Like... every inch of him! Cooled down for almost 1.5 hours both under saddle then I untacked and threw his cooler on.. then after he was dry, curried the tar out of him.
He seemed less jerk facey today, more loving. He really doesn't hate me but he sure dislikes that static shock..