Well, 2 in a row! After I finished the barn today, I went to get the booger out of the pasture. He tried to run off, so I had to chase after him a little before he decided the peppermint was worth being caught.:) Grabbed him and took him in to groom. I hate it that he still looks skinny. He's getting plenty of food, all the hay he can possibly eat, alfalfa cubes, and oil. I've tried him on beet pulp before, and he wouldn't eat it. Vet said he could use around 100 more lbs.
I've decided to try a new piece of equipment on him; a flash noseband. I've checked the fit of his bit, and it fits perfectly; no teeth banging or anything going on. I think it's just one of those habits he picked up and was never corrected on. Anyway, seems like a decent tool. Helped keep his mouth closed. Not sure it changed the workings of the bit at all, but it seemed to keep the head shaking to a minimum. Longed him again today, and was dead quiet. Picture this. A longe whip, longe line, aluminum step ladder, and my horse. A pasture with 3 mares, and another pasture where we can finally ride. Makes for an interesting walk to our "area".
Today was the first time I've ever warmed up fully in 2-point. Walked all the way around the pasture, then picked up a trot, and trotted a few big circles. He didn't get fast, woo hoo! Moved to the posting trot, and continued from yesterday, working lots of inside leg/outside rein. Lots of big circles, some halt transitions, and worked the canter transition. I didn't spend a lot of time actually cantering; just the transitions. Actually, they're pretty good. At the walk, he wants to trot into it, but from the trot, he's pretty good.
Very consistent trot today; it was fabulous. He is just SO good when ridden back to back days. I feel like we've done a little bit of backsliding since being at the new farm due to weather, and the real lack of a flat surface to ride on. We were cantering poles at the old barn, and right now, I'm just celebrating a canter without bucking. It's to be expected I guess, two steps forward and one step back. But he was great today, and I'm hoping to trail ride with the ladies tomorrow!:)