I have been working really hard on increasing the amount we trot, but when looking at last month on average there was 30 minutes per ride with stirrups (excluding the rides that were completely without stirrups). This means that we did less than 15 minutes per ride of trot based on my estimates and that was only 10 rides out of 21. The bottom line is I am really not doing that much trot.
Needs more practice with human
I can't expect his trot to improve if I am not doing it. So the plan for December is to really focus on the trot and making it better. Hopefully, I don't ruin the walk in the process with him anticipating trotting. I intend to ride him six days a week until the end of the month and then I want to give him a week off. Of course, he may have other plans and if he starts flooding the barn and what not he will go back to work.
My goal is to trot a little bit every single day. I will still keep three days lighter and keep him out of the ring so hopefully his brain stay intact. In addition to still warming up without stirrups I am hoping to add two point back in. He needs to learn that he can function without my ass.
In other news I got the all ears selfie app and it was a massive flop. The most I got was a quick ear flick forward with one ear. Not. Even. Both. Ears. My super reactive curious horse did not even blink at the donkeys or wrappers or snorting. And to make things better, I played the wrapper noise and got no reaction, then crinkled an actual wrapper and immediately got his attention. Once again my horse is smarter than me...