I started flatting and he felt ok, just a little blah. We started out with a line set at 66ft with very small cross rails and were doing 6, 7, or 8 strides. The 6 or 7 was really easy for Liam, the 8 was a little tougher. He would invert and fling his head up and break to a trot instead of really sitting down. We did eventually get the 8 one time. I haven't really practice the super collected canter with him because I found that he wants to be backed up, so I always encouraged forward. But I think we are at the point in time that we need to practice this adjustability more. I am going to set the line at home and practice. I might have to set it up shorter, like doing a 5, 6, or 7, but I will figure it out.
Then we started doing a course. The ring started to get really crowded at this point. At one time there was 7 horses besides myself in the indoor. The weather was rainy and everyone had to ride inside. Liam was great compared to how he was a year ago. If that many people came into the ring he would turn into a fire breathing dragon and tune me out completely. He wasn't as ridable in between the jumps as he was last week and I didn't try to get any lead changes, just did simple changes, but I'll take it anyway. He listened to the jumps with all the activity and we even did a 1 stride in and out!!!
Our course was the following:
All in all, Liam was a good boy. Both lines we did the adds in 6 strides. We kept everything low, like 2ft and I was happy with our performance with all the activity. We had to circle a couple of times during the course to wait for people to move out of the way, that was a little frustrating, but I need to get better at calling out where I am going, something I am not used to.
My husband came and got some cell video, not the best (he is horrible at videoing, but I guess I should just close my mouth and be thankful - ha), but gives you an idea of what we look like below: