I figured I'd really test it out today and moved the trailer up to the barn where I would normally load up if we were actually going somewhere. I fully expected Mr. Smarty Pants to put on the brakes but he ran right up there with me twice straight out of the field. Score!
Then I took him in to get groomed and tacked up for some more arena work with a training martingale. I used my own saddle and bridle, so a little different than last week's set up and he did pretty well. We walked a lot and he keeps his head in a nice position there. Trotting he seems to think the head instantly comes up, but it got better as we worked. Small steps forward :) He gave no thought to ever bucking either.
Then we went and cleaned up, and back up onto the trailer. No issues...so the plan going forward will be to load up at least 1x a week for a while and make sure we are not going to revert again.
|Post lunging, ready to get on|
We took the kids to the local firehouse, and then off to one of the large neighborhoods near work to do some door to door. They had fun :)