Splash and I went over to Mallory's on Friday for a quick lunch and some equine activities. Splash was in serious need of attitude readjustment after his rotten behavior at the Will Rogers Classic. Mallory worked both Trooper in and out of the saddle and Sister on the ground. Trooper is one smooth ride and Sister is ... Sister.
SOOOOO. Splash got to try Sunny's Western twisted wire snaffle with the German Neck Stretcher. He says: "Yes Mam'am!" Evil laugh. Mallory's arena was lots firmer with a truck-load of sand removed so Splash had a much easier time working. I rode with no rein pressure letting the GNS maintain the attention I wanted. We did a lot of long trot cruising all over the arena and some good canter work both ways including correct leads every time. I have started alternating posting diagonal every 2, 4, or 6 strides during trot work practice and it seems to help maintain Splash's attention. He was responsive to seat and leg during our work. It was fun to feel a bit of progress.