Ok I didn't write about my ride yesterday but I will say one thing. I think for a couple of strides of the trot Sammy was rounded up and using himself properly. It felt really different to usual and not in a bad way.
As for today I had a great ride on Sammy. After awhile I had him trotting around in good circles on both sides at a consistent pace. It was great and I was almost completely controlling his pace with my seat alone.
I used my dressage cones to set up some patterns to work on using my legs alone to control where he was going. We did good at that. I also set them up in a circleish shape, so I could use the cones as points to aim for with my transitions. He was just about perfect with his transitions from walk to trot. He got a bit silly with his transition coming out of the canter.
I did a bit of cantering on Sammy for the first time in a long time and I was fairly confident at doing it even if he was pretty hard to ride. Some of the cantering was really good especially if it was along a straight bit. Some of it though was awful, most of those bits he was really really heavy on the forehand often kept changing direction, ignoring me and throwing me a bit off balance.
I feel like other than the few bad bits we had a rather good ride and we ended on a good note.