Oops! Forgot about this! But since my 1st show is in under a month..
Nighty is wearing a trail-pleasure lite shoe. Her gait has transformed into a racky running walk. It's not anything true, but it's pretty and consistent enough.
BUT I've gotten through to Midnight!
I last rode that butt in October. He would get trotty and crappy without a whip. So my trainer rode him a lot this spring. I got on him again-- trotty nonsense! My first ride on him(sans crop-- trainer doesn't need one, why should I?), he pulled his trot crap and I got maybe 1 good lap out of him.
But my second ride.. I was not taking crap. It was in a group lesson, a kind of big one. Nighty was being ridden by an adult beginner. My trainer's sister was riding, and there was a young girl on a pony. he hates ponies with a vengeance. Midnight was pulling his trot, so he got the OH GOD CIRCLE OF DEATH until he settled down. I had to keep him away from the pony, and forced him to walk while the others trotted/gaited.
Then I got to unleash the fury. He trotted at first, got circled.. then SEVEN LAPS OF PURE, SLOW RACK. Score. My trainer's parents watched me ride since they were down checking on my trainer's horse. After I dismounted, my trainer's dad said that my riding ability had increased 1000x since last year.