At first, I did some small circles on the ground to get him connected. Anna told me that I was happy with too little and that I should ask more of him. Also, she explained how I could help him by driving his ribs out with my core. This helped Kai step underneath himself. I kept asking him until he put in a bit more effort and then gave him a short break.
We began the ride by going on the rail and asking Kai to give his nose. He was doing what I wanted but he was a little bit distracted and I would have to get his attention back. He soon became more connected and would hold his nose the way I asked. Anna helped me get a feel for when he is flexing at the poll and when he is over-bending. As he began to understand what I wanted he started to over flex a lot less often than last time. Anna also showed me that I don't have to "throw away" all the contact when he gave to the pressure and was soft, I could release with my fingers. I can also put the fingers back on as a very light phase and then take the bottom fingers away again when he is soft.
Next she had me lightly put my inside leg on during the turns so that he didn't fall with his shoulders. It felt really great and balanced when Kai did a light turn without falling.
Next Anna set up a pattern for me to follow. It was a modified clover leaf, made out of five cones, four making a large square and one marking the middle. I would ride through the middle of the square and then turn left at a cone and turn left again to cut through the middle at the next cone. After I understood the pattern we did it to the left and to the right focusing on making nice balanced turns and making sure Kai stayed soft. I needed to focus on not lifting my hands up and on not leaning with my body. It was pretty easy when I was thinking about doing those things, but if I lost my focus and concentrated on something else I would start to lean again.
We ended the lesson and I walked Kai on the rail to cool him off. I looped the reins on the saddle horn and started swinging my arms in big circles just like I used to do on the lunge line while directing Kai with my legs. Kai was a bit confused at first and asked a question but soon understood it was just more friendly game.
Also, I am glad he is learning how to find the sweet spot and is overflexing so much less now.
Later that day I visited Kai in the paddock and brought his new bit with me. Kai only had a bit in his mouth once or twice in his old home. At first we reviewed what he learned last session, to reach his nose in the bridle. When he did that three times I raised the expectation and held the bit to his lips.
At first, Kai tried to avoid it and was moving his head all over but I stayed with him until he realized that I wasn't going to shove it in his mouth. I gave him a cookie while the bit was touching his lips a few times before asking a bit more. This time, I gave him the bit with the cookie and let him spit it out before giving him another cookie. Kai licked his lips and asked a question. I held out the bridle again and asked him to reach his nose in like we did at the beginning and then held it to his lips waiting for him to take it. It took him a few moments but then he willingly opened his mouth and let me slide the bit in. I let him spit it out again and gave him two cookies for taking the bit so nicely. Then I began to hold the bit in his mouth for a few moments before giving him a cookie. We ended on a really good one when he reached his nose in and happily took the bit and held it for five whole seconds before I took it out. I gave him a muffin and then left.
All this took about 15 minutes! I am excited to see how he will respond to the bit next session!