Unfortunately it got cold here again, so I haven't ridden since my last post. It was sunny and a bit warmer (like 40) here today, so I went out and lunged Nav. Don't want to let him go too long without work.
Decent lunging session, started without side reins and really got him moving forward. A little too much forward though because when I tried to bring him down from trot to walk he just kept trotting! Very frustrating since he's normally great with voice cues.
I used my downward transition voice, did some gentle give and take on the line and even pulled the line in until he was doing a small circle around me. That's what it took for him to finally walk, and when I let him go out again he almost immediately wanted to trot again! I'm not really sure how I can go about fixing this.
Anyway, I put side reins on after a bit, and he moved pretty well. There was still some slack in the reins, but he's not going behind the vertical so I think I could put them up a hole next time and give him some more contact. Not sure they're doing much good when they're slack.
He's a frustrating horse to ride. When he's good, he's really really good! But when he has an off day he is just totally frustrating. He's smart, kind of pony-like, and knows what to do to get out of work.