This thread is mostly so I can gush about how proud I am of my boy!
If two years ago someone had told me that my horse would canter around an arena with a rider and do it well I would have laughed in their face. Two years ago if I asked my horse to canter I would usually end up on his neck or on the floor.
Today my horse cantered the full arena (both directions), I stayed on, he didn't even offer a buck or any reluctance. In other words he was a complete superstar.
Most people are probably thinking "okay, most horses can do this what's the big deal?!" right? Well Phoenix has been through the ringer, he has bad hips and a bad back and cantering is very uncomfortable for him and his rider. It's like sitting on a washing machine. He cross canters and used to throw in these huge rodeo bucks. It's taken a lot of patience and work to get him to this point and i'm so happy and proud of him.
It's opened up so many possibilities for us, once he's more balanced in the canter and can go for longer we could try things above intro dressage, training level always seemed unachievable before. We could canter on trail without me ending up in a tree or trampled by the horse behind us. JOY.