Or in other words..... going back to the basics. Yesterday I just WTC and let Twister move out. Then we hacked out down the road.
Today I set up some simple exercises over poles. I mean simple. 4 trot poles, and a set of bounces and a small vertical, just under 2 feet. I have no media. I just wanted to focus on getting our shit together. But I wish I had media because it ended up going really well.
Trot poles are no big deal for him. I keep working him over them to build his top line. The bounces he wanted to stall at first. I had a neck strap to help keep me steady. I concentrated on a quiet secure lower leg and pushed him forward. The second time through was better. The third was even better. We went through several times, coming in on both leads. Then we trotted over the vertical from both directions and that seems to work out really well.
I want to increase the height of the last pole little by little and see if he can still pick himself up over it. But for now.... going to do this again tomorrow and dressage Wednesday.