Today went extremely well! Except for that Oliver's feed bucket handle was poking him in the eye :( It was a little red when I saw him but It slowly went back to normal :) So first, I put him in the big stall and gave him some hay, while I groomed and whatnot. Then it occurred to me that I hadn't actually "worked" Ollie in awhile, so I gathered my makeshift lungewhip, Oliver, and headed to the round pen. He was a bit of a punk leading to the r-pen, so I decided to join up with him. Keep in mind that I haven't pushed him to such a pace until now. He was trotting and warming up, when I cracked the whip to tell him to git up, he breaks into a ground-eating gallop. It sounds stupid when I say this, but it was breathtaking. Normally he's pretty lazy and will at most do a fast canter when I tell him to move faster. This is the fastest I think I've seen him move in the almost 4 months I've had him! I wish I had it on video. But he was flying around the r-pen, tail out straight behind him, stretching his stride. After a few minutes, I ask for a direction change, and he does it beautifully. When I ask him to speed up, he went into that gallop again. After a bit, I stop, and turn my back to him, he joined up so well! For the rest of the day I didn't even have to use a lead rope. I looped it over his withers and he followed me around :) We walked around the yard to cool out and I sang him songs. Put him back in the big stall and gave him hay and groomed. It may seem insignificant, but it means alot to me how good today was.