Tonight was extremely busy at the stables as there is both a 5:30 & 6:30 group lessons. LBR behaved well in the barn for grooming.
We headed to the round pen for a ride and he seemed more distracted (not hot) than usual. He was "stiff" for turns and didn't want to move out. We kept the lesson fairly short (we both rode for about 10 minutes). He did "whoa" better than previous rides and we attributed that to ground "whoas" we did prior to riding.
When we de-tacked, we noticed that due to the lack of schooling pad, he was "hotter" under the fleece pad than usual....maybe this is why he didn't respond as well?
We ended with the usual....walk to/through the paddock, drink of water (he didn't want it tonight) and then treats back at the gate.