Well I know for a fact that it wasn't a pain response. He was being pokey and totally relaxed until we got to the big open field, then his ears went up, head went up, and it was like he flipped a switched and was completely animated. I was too nervous to ask for anything except for a walk for fear that he would totally bolt, and kept having to ask for leg yields to keep his mind busy from jumping at every little thing that moved in the woods.
Anyway, sent the videos to my trainer and to the MT to look at. I plan to have the MT evaluate him in person next week since she is all ready coming out for other horses.
RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
2009 Sugarbush draft