This past week, my rides on Izzy have been like opening the fridge to make a meal and finding only crap: horse radish, sauerkraut, capers, and a left over jar of curry sauce. Sure, those things all go in something that can be good (not the sauerkraut - you suck, sauerkraut), but on their own, they're horrible.
Last night, Izzy made me feel like I do when I eat a PB&J on really fresh bread with some Lay's potato chips on the side and an icy cold Coke to wash it all down. He was that good. Finally.
When I rode yesterday, I kept the whip in my hand for the first few minutes of trot work, but he never even hesitated when I asked for that first walk to trot transition. That's been where the trouble has been showing up. I had actually quit riding with the whip because he had quit throwing fits. I still brought it out with me, but I hadn't needed to carry it for several weeks. I might need to ride with it again for a few rides.
In the Introductory C test, the canter is picked up somewhere in the circle and stops somewhere later in the circle. That's about where we are. I can get it somewhere in the first half of the circle and get us back to trot before we get back around to where we started.
Last night, we got the right lead canter without a fight and again, he held it as we cantered a 20-meter circle. It's not perfect, and there is a LOT of STRONG half halting on my part, but he can canter to the right without cross cantering or doing a flying change. This is huge.
Just last month, we finally got a right lead canter and sort of, kind of, almost held it if we careened around the entire arena with me in two-point. Yesterday, he gave me a place to sit and after several go rounds with more than a few super strong half halts, he dropped his neck and relaxed into a very lovely and correct right lead canter.
I'll have another order of that PB& J to go please!