When he does get quick, I usually get him trotting in a ~20 meter circle, changing posting diagonals a few times and getting him to accept my inside leg and bend. Once he starts to settle I may do a few do a few transitions asking him to walk a few steps then back to trot. Then I will do some transitions within the trot, asking him to shorten a few steps then forward. I add a few ~10 meter circles at the more collected trot. Usually after about 15 minutes he behaves.
We had a great lesson in the German martingale. It helps steady the contact and Cupid goes very with it. I'm working towards getting that same feeling without it.
My trainer has suggested I lunge him more, as well as do a little groundwork. He's gotten better about lunging, not so lazy. He is very good at the groundwork, and I think enjoys the interaction.
The weather has been unpredictable. We had a few cold misty days, followed by several hot days. I was supposed to have a lesson yesterday but my trainer and I decided to postpone because of the weather. Instead I put on my bareback pad and Cupid and I went for a nice hack around the property.
|Cold and misty one week...|
|to needing a fly mask and fly sheet the next!|