So my horse used to have so much energy and would prance around when I free lunged her. She LOVED showing off and getting the horses in the nearby fields riled up so they would gallop along the fence line to follow her when she was in the ring. I got videos but never a nice picture. She would do that as a foal, yearling, and as a two year old. Now at three, it's like all of her enthusiasm has drained haha.
I tried free lunging her the other day to get any jitters out since she's been in the stall a lot due to the weather. She had a bridle on but with the reins detached and her tendon boots (I was going to ride her afterward). When I asked of her certain gaits, she would do her casual working trot and canter. Before when I would do this, she would start prancing and having a grand ol' time. Doesn't make for a funny video/picture (since it would be hilarious watching her show off and flirt across the fence). The most she would do is extend her trot and be a little more floaty for the length of the ring then just drop back down to her casual/working trot.
There were also days that she would be moving so nicely but then once a camera came out, she lost all her energy and umph like 'Pfft.. You aren't going to document my special moves.'
Does this happen to anyone else? Lol