Thanks. I have to admit, whenever I see pictures of him, I think wow... that's MY horse.... I love him. He is a spoiled brat. I was wondering just how bad we are at the lope. When we halt he does halt underneath himself but it's a weird lope because there will be about 4 strides where I feel like he's "launching me out of the saddle" and that's when I know he's doing it right but it only lasts about four strides and I can't decide if it's because I do something or if that's all he's holding right now. He's not troping in the back like he used to but he will if I let him. I think he did it so long that it got comfortable. We are still passing most people in the ring but not all, in fact, we got passed! His jog is pretty great but he never did have issues with the jog. He now backs with his head down as you can see in the backing picture. Still have so much work to do though.... It's taking me years what it would take a trainer a few months to do but... It's the best I can do....
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"