Cruizer really seemed to enjoy heading out even if it only was ten minutes. I plan to get him out of the arena as much as possible this summer. There is talk of doing an over night trail ride with all the youth riders this summer.. IM SO EXCITED. Obviously we will have to take Cruizer on just a day trail ride first...I don't want to die. However, I think he will be just fine, honestly.
Yesterday our ride was a pretty even mix of really bad and really good. I tried to get on without lunging (since I did that the day before), but he just wasn't having it. I had to get off and lunge. He was really hyper, but eventually settled. His trot work under saddle was AWESOME. Left lead canter was horrible, and then the right lead was really good & really bad. He was mouthing the bit a lot going to the left, but he did get better eventually. Going to the right, everyone else had left the arena, so cantering was interesting. Every time we got down by C he would "hear something," and rocket forward and then slow down again. I still have no idea what that was about. Eventually he stopped doing it. Then, right as I was about to be done, he saw the cat run past outside and FLIPPED. He sat down on his hindquarters and bolted sideways. I ended up hovering over his neck but stayed on and we kept going. Overall, I really can't complain too much though about his behavior. He got most of the winter off, and I have just started riding him consistently again, anddd we had spring weather hit hard this week, so he was feeling good.
The best news of all is that after our ride yesterday we did showmanship, and he nailed all of his pull turns, plus a pivot that was the equivalent of two 360s and a 90 in one. Yay Cruizer. I would say his pull turns are pretty much 90% there now.