Thanks! Yup-lots to work on for sure, and I know I have my work cut out for me in the winter.
He just got his first ever lead change this week...just once to the right, so we are just beginning at that. His spins are actually better at home, but he can really only get a few steps correct, then he starts moving his hind end, and loses his pivot on his inside foot. We are also just starting to really collect him, and have yet to refine his fast-slow lope transition. His stop will be pretty simple until spring, since I really have no place with an appropriate surface, and I won't put sliders on him until then anyway. Slowly building the foundation, then we will go from there. As I said, I am learning that building a painfully slow foundation in a good thing, correct first, speed second. I have seen too many young ones that are pushed hard to get them to the pen, and then have holes in their training found later. I also disagree with pushing too hard all at once until they build up the structure to support it. I want a horse who will stay sound, not one who will have a fleeting career.
That said, reining gives him such a good foundation for whatever I do....at least I know he will stop when I say Whoa!
I envision so many circles I will be dizzy by spring.....
He has already changed so much, both attitude and looks-what an improvement over the horse I bought!