Couldn't wait to try it on
Monday, I didn't get out to the barn until evening time and it was getting dark as I was getting on. I walked on the hills until it started to get too dark and then moved into the ring with lights. Typically when he is by himself in the dark he tends to get a little more reactive and spooky. His walk work was really nice and he stayed very consistent.
I hopped off and popped him on the lunge so he could trot both ways. He was much more forward than before, but not speedy forward. He was reaching and stretching. To the right he still had a bit of a head tilt but it is slowly decreasing.
Tuesday morning he was super. I have been struggling in the jump field a bit. He gets spooky and reactive and doesn't want to work correctly. Clearly, I should know that it is necessary to be in giraffe mode to keep us safe. He spooked himself once, and the walk got a little hurried a few times, but in general he was very steady. He was very quiet and rideable, even in the trot. I didn't do a lot of trot because he didn't rush and was trying to reach and stretch.
With matched DJD brow band!
Overall, I was really happy with how quiet, calm, and willing he has been over the last few days. As much as I love his magic new hat, I am really hoping that it is the training that is paying off and he really is figuring out how to work correctly so he can start rebuilding his top line.