In the past few months we have tried a few new training methods with DaVinci and have seen some really good progress!
For warm up each time we have started to lunge him in side reins for 10-15 min. This really gets his mind engaged to focus on working. It also has really helped him stretch down onto the bit. I use ones with elastic so they are nice and gentle. We also keep them pretty loose.
We also are just focusing on building up his walk/trot gaits and slowly bring back canter work more and more on the lunge. With his growth spurts his balance has really been affected so doing work without the added weight of a rider has been really helping him. The side reins also help with straightness a bit as well.
In the past month, he has gained a lot of muscle and you can tell his back is a lot stronger! He's using it a lot more under saddle as well. I'm really happy with how he's coming a long.
I'm really excited to hopefully be taking him to his first show June 9th, even if we don't ride a test I think it will be really good experience for him.