Dino has a case of the blahs.
After our fabulous ride on Friday, he has decided that dressage is Hard and Boring and that the end of the ring near the road is Weird and Scary and that he just does not want to participate in my activities of choice.
I did some jumping - a crossrail with a landing pole 9ft out - on Sunday, which piqued his interest and got him to flow forward and use himself, but yesterday for our flatwork he was just SO dead to my leg and crawling along that I didn't feel good about asking him to jump from an under-paced shuffle. He didn't give me much of an attitude, just slugged along and refused to give to the bit or bend or do anything but brace against me in every way possible.
Homeboy, you need to move forward before we can do fun things. Trust me on this.
Hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate and things will start to dry up so I can take him out in the big fields down the road without tearing them up. I don't want to be that guy who rips up the neighbor's fields because I couldn't wait until they were dry. In the meantime, we'll try some lunging or round penning to mix things up a bit for the Dinosaurus, maybe even bust out the western tack for a change of pace.
Trail rides and XC schooling are so close I can taste them... hang in there, dude, it's almost time for the fun stuff!