Working Sydney five days a week on warm days has helped his brain ... a lot. I really think he enjoys getting out and working although I think he is a bit bored by the 20 meter circles, but bored is way, way better than bolting.
Since school is out, I have nothing to do BUT ride so that's what I do. Speedy goes first since he doesn't particularly like the heat while it's that same heat that helps me feel safer on Sydney. Hot weather helps curb the desire to bolt and rear.
Each day has been better than the one before with the exception of the last gardening day (Thursday). I've decided that we'll either lunge with the side reins on Thursdays, or I'll just ride Sydney first. When I rode on Monday I realized that we were making the turn of the 20 meter circle with no fussing. Sydney wasn't particularly round or soft, but he was turning off my outside leg and he was staying off my inside leg. Ride the barrel of the horse and not his head - check!
It was time for some changes of direction. Changes are hard for Sydney because he loses steam in the turn and quite often loses his balance and drops down to the walk. Since we had a good, steady rhythm going, and he was mostly between my legs, I figured we could make some 10 meter half circles in preparation for an entry at A or for a turn at C. I pictured the turn, slowed down the outside shoulder and gave him plenty of leg to oomph him through the turn. We kept the trot going (yah!), but we lost the little bit of connection we had. No biggie. Repeat.
We did a few more 10 meter turns and they got a bit better. His turns are nowhere even close to Speedy's, but considering the fact that just a couple of months ago Sydney was blowing through my outside aids while attempting 20 meter circles, this felt like an accomplishment.
Oh. My elephant? I haven't seen his big butt in a while. Mt. Self-Doubt? Numerous pitons are in position and we're moving upward.