More work on transitioning from long lining to ground driving. Brego is SO annoyed by not being able to see me. Annoyed and confused. I spent some time ground driving then giving him breaks by going back to having him go around me, pushing him out of his comfort zone then bringing him back in to think about it. By the end of the session i was able to move the reins up a ring on the surcingle (closer to where they will be when I am riding him) and he was responding to them nicely. No time in the bridle, though. It was cold and i do not want one of his early experiences to be a cold bit in his mouth.
We didn't have any freak outs or explosions this time, so no having to run along behind him until his brain kicked back in. When he started to get over stimulated i would just slow him down and he did great. I finished up by coating his legs in Listerine (lol) and trying the Aussie saddle on him again. This time with girth... my girth is way too long so now I need to pick up a shorter one. Mine uses the ring overgirth so I can't just use a short English girth like i did with my old Aussie. So I'm putting a nice saddle pad and a shorter Aussie girth on my Christmas list... i mean since i won't be asking for a horse for Christmas (for the first time since i was about 3, yeeeeeeahhh!!!)