Your right what a better place for a friendly debate ! I guess I should have given some background on my horse. He came from TN was 2009 World Champion Trail Pleasure AT AGE 3 ! Which means he was ridden early, he had weighted shoes and a very high, tucked neck and a high step.
He is now a relaxed California guy, barefoot and in a snaffle ! So we (he) has to re figure where to put his feet, figure out the tempo of his lighter feet and how to adjust his balance. And its on ongoing learning process to learn communication with eachother !!
We also had another issue, he developed pretty significant EPM shortly after I got him. He was sick and in treatment for about 9 months and had neurological deficits. I was very lucky that he has pulled through without too much residual damage. His right read end tend to be weak and that is still a work in progress to figure out what is permanent and what is just poor tone. As with most things learning is a never ending process, we are just going to enjoy the process !