Last week I decided Williams ground work has come far enough that he would be ready to go back under saddle. I won't lie, I was a bit nervous getting back on him, for a couple of reasons. Obviously, I don't want to get bucked off. I haven't yet and I would like to keep it that way. More importantly, I was hoping that all the ground work I had done was going to be successful, otherwise I would have to figure out what else the issue with him is and I really had no idea what else could be causing his scooting and bucking.
The big test would be mounting. He was always very tense while I got on, and did attempt to throw me when I was mid mount one day. Not my idea of a good time. I gave him a short lunge to get out any excitement and decided to get on with it. He was fine for saddleing and tightening his girth. A good sign since those acts would usually result in him being very tense. I took him to the mounting block, and while I let him circle around me until he is comfortable, when I put my foot in the saddle and got on, he was noticeably relaxed and unscathed.
We did walk, trot, in each direction and there was no scooting or skittishness. He did let out one HUGE buck, but I think it was more a playful thing than a trying to get me off thing. I flew onto his head and he immediately halted. This was good, the old William would have continued across the arena bucking. I think it may have scared him, and he was perfect the rest of the ride. I have ridden him 4 more times since that day and there have been no bucks, or scooting whatsoever. It looks as though the time spent on the ground has helped him feel more comfortable under saddle and we should be able to continue on working him regularly now.