Tack room is scary
After the fact I decided it was caused by his right hind being a little sore. My main reasoning behind that is he would not let me post on the correct diagonal when it loaded the right hind. He would tense and jig and toss me off. He used to do this when his right hind was weaker, but over the summer and the fall it strengthened up enough that things were fine. Plus he has been being especially bratty in the paddock.
He had been running circles around Cowboy for awhile
Anyway back to the lesson, it was nice to get a few more tips on how to manage him when he is having a bad day. The bad days are a lot fewer and easier to manage, but more information and tools never hurt. Most of it was reminding me that my riding has to be better and more precise when he gets like that. I need to be steady and firm, but not harsh.
Post lesson noms
He feels more secure with contact, but at the same time when he gets frazzled he bounces off the contact a lot. My timing and position need to be on point to get him to settle. Luckily with trainer reminding me how to ride and getting my hips in line, we were able to get him some what consistent. He never settled as much as I would have liked, but he was stretching and working correctly.
Trainer asked me if I wanted to canter and I declined. She did not push the issue even though I could tell she really wanted to work on it. I liked that she took my word for what I was feeling with him and didn't push for more. While I do have a tendency to error on the side of too cautious, I do think cantering him would have been a very poor choice, especially if he was a little sore. Sadly that was my last lesson for three weeks.
My plan is to really work on getting him back to being settled and being able to use my leg more. Hopefully the weather will keep cooperating, so far this winter has been really mild and the footing has been holding up really well.