In fact, I realized that most of the time, not all of the time, but most of the time, I am working on the quality of his movement and not whether he's moving. He has a confirmed right and left lead canter that I can get whenever I want - unless it's one of those times when we are working on naughty horse stuff rather than dressage stuff.
All of this made me realize that it's time to step it up. Izzy now needs to learn to work under some kind of pressure. He does great when it's just Speedy and me there with him. What I need now is to figure out how to get him to work when someone else is in the arena or other horses are nearby.
I've got a couple of ideas, but they require someone willing to give up their own ride. You know, someone willing to just putz around as I school my own horse without worrying about wrecking their "ride." If you live nearby and want some saddle time, Speedy loves to putz! Or if your horse just needs some new scenery, but you don't have a riding agenda, Izzy would love to meet you. We also have another steady eddy at the barn who would love to pack you around.
Give me a call.