Ransom and I worked Thursday night over poles. It was just this side of a disaster. He was tense & rushing, which made me tense up & grip the reins, which made him rush more.
We did some canter poles and some trot poles. Eventually I got both of us relaxed on the flat, and bounced through the trot poles. But honestly, the entire ride, I felt off balance, and felt like both of us had our minds on other things. And there's really no good reason for it.
The weather was good. He was in a bright mood. I'd had a pretty good week at work, and was looking forward to my long 3-day weekend off. But the ride just felt, eh.. yuck.
Total of about 40 minutes including his warmup, before I gave up & settled for "almost what I wanted."