Well, if previous days have been "two step forward" days, today was definitely a "one step back day". It's so weird, who knows what causes the "bad" days when the "good" ones have been so plentiful! It was a little chilly, but not horribly. I used the same equipment I used Tuesday, and I even longed him today! It seems as though every time I have lofty goals for the day (I set up a little crossrail today to try him over), he shoots them down.
The only piece of equipment I left off today was the ear bonnet. Obviously, the ear bonnet really helped that spookiness. Every time a vehicle drove by, he would buck. We couldn't find any bend, any consistency of pace, or any impulsion. I kept dropping back to the walk, and he was better at the walk. Would go back to trot, and just more and more counter bent/rushing/not really spooking, but also not quiet pace.
I said the heck with it, and hopped over the crossrail anyway. He was good. I think the little, simple jumps will be good for us; I do worry about the big, spooky brush box/gate type jumps. Oh well, I'll stress about those when we're ready to jump them! Didn't canter on the flat; only cantered after he landed off the jump. No cross canter, no bucks. I'll take my victories where I can get them, but I did end the ride a little disappointed. Maybe tomorrow will be better!