I just love my horse. I'll preface this little story by saying that we spent most of last year working on developing a nice working trot and just recently I started asking him to use himself at the canter with mixed results. Today I went up to ride. It's been rainy and raw out, so he was a bit stiff. We did our usual W/T/C warmup and then did some suppling exercises to work out the stiff spots. Usually after working out the stiff spots, we move onto games, whatever exercise is needed on that particular day. To my surprise, he was a step ahead of me and offered up a game of his own, walk/canter transitions. Since he's been acting like a drama queen about using himself properly, I was very surprised he chose something that takes so much balance and body usage on his part, but went along with the game. He proceeded to produce 3 perfect transitions and was game for more. I put him into that nice working trot we've been working on, asked for the canter, his back came up under me like a wave pushing me from behind and danced around the ring like a 4th level dressage horse. It was absolutely fantastic. He just kills me with how cute he is. When he offered up those W/C transitions, he was like a little kid saying "I think I can do them now mommy". I don't think I've ever had a horse show me things and communicate to me the way he does. It's been 4 years since he's been mine, and I still feel so lucky everyday to have him. I went up there today expecting very little and got gold instead.
Yes, he does try his heart out. It's like he's been practicing his canter all week while I was at work and wanted to show me. I wish I had video of it. I've been trying to get footage of us to critique for weeks, but I always ride alone so I have to just set the camera at one end and never seem to capture anything useful. The only reason I know he nailed it today was the combination of mirrors in the arena the fact that he felt like butter. I'm still so happy. I'm again glad that HF exists so I can share the moment.