Anyways, the day was quiet when I arrived. I got Willy in his cute blanket and brought him into the indoor arena. I groomed him up and got his tack on. I rode him around the yard a little bit and then headed to the drive to set out on a "trail ride" in the neighborhood. Willy felt pretty spunky and broke into a trot without me asking as we turned onto Eggar Road. I brought him back to a walk and then later asked him to trot. He trotted a bit with me working hard trying to keep him at a nice pace. He always starts out nice and those goes really fast into a short choppy trot that is torture to sit and difficult to post. I brought him down to a nicer trot and then to a walk. I decided not to do much else but walk until we came down the second culdesac. Then I asked him for a trot and then a canter. We cantered up the hill but Willy didn't respond when I asked for a slower pace, he was galloping. I could see the shadow of us on the ground, Willy's nose was to the wind and his legs were picking up more and more speed. I finally slowed him back to a walk.
I rode him around the yard for a bit once I got back. I asked for stops, trots, stops etc. I figure I need to get back to basics with Willy and figure out why he ran off like that. Why didn't he listen to my whoas and the reins? I'll do some groundwork and basic ring stuff for a while to gain some understanding and respect where he is concerned.