I had a wonderful ride this morning before work. Looks like the weather is turning bad again next week, so I'm making the most of my 6am rides when it is so beautiful.
Sphigi had his head 100% screwed in this morning and gave me such a lovely feel! I did a lot of leg yield work with him, down the long side alternating between haunches in and out, and putting a turn on the haunches or forehand in at the end of the long side. At the moment I am not allowing him to work on any straight lines, everything is curving or lateral other than to cool down after the ride. The trot work really improved, and he started to sit on his haunches rather than come wide.
In canter, I did some very shallow loops down the long sides on both reins, and multiple trot-canter-trot transitions on a 20m circle. The canter also improved after this and I was getting some semblance of a connection from the hind legs.
Lesson tomorrow afternoon, then he can have Sunday off. Work sessions are being kept short with plenty of walk breaks at the moment, I don't want to tire him out.