Thanks. I totally agree about discriminating against gaited horses....so glad I'm going to help change that.
Artie's such a sweetie; I actually figured out how to make him gait instead of pace! He starts out in a 4-beat gait, but gets lazy if you let him extend so much, so he slips into that lateral gait. If I squeeze the reins and bump him with my feet, he goes right back down to the good gait...I'll have to get a video.
I love Lenox; I hope she does well on Wednesday. She still needs to lose a ton of weight, but I can definitely tell her fitness is improving the more I ride her. When we got her, you couldn't trot for 2 minutes without her breaking into a sweat, and now I can hack her for 20 minutes at a trot and canter with her barely breaking a sweat.