He was really good today. I started off with a western jog but he was really tail swishy and unhappy so after about 15 minutes I gave up on it and went with a long and low English trot. Tail swishing stopped and he really moved forward. He got a little racy a couple times and I had to collect him up but he is definitely much happier in an English gait. I think we may have to give up western all together. I asked him to canter on the left lead and it was really pretty. He did get racy a few times but again, he collect with no argument.
When I asked for the right lead he got a little cranky but I asked for it anyway. I've figured out that when he gets nasty, if I stay gentle and talk in a cooey type voice, he usually settles right down. If I get mad or rough he gets tense so I cooed and asked for it again a couple times. I think it took three tries and then we got the canter. It wasn't great, kind of choppy and I think that's maybe some soreness still. He had zero limp this time so he's improving. I'll adjust the shoes in a couple weeks.
I'm excited about the improvement and I think his lameness issues have made me a better horseman because in the past, had he given me argument about the canter I would have stayed on him for two hours if that's what it took to perfect it, now I just ask for a good note. Once I have it, we finish and I've noticed the arguments are getting shorter because of it.
He's my boy....
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"