All of a sudden I realized how greedy I was being. Just two months ago I was wishing that we could canter regularly without bolting and rearing, and now we are, everyday! On Wednesday night, I walked a lap, did some loose rein serpentines, cantered both directions with zero fussiness, and hopped off. Ride done.
I should be celebrating, not whining! Yes, Sydney stills gets tense and anxious, and yes, there are evenings when he's not relaxed enough to canter, but they are happening less and less often.
On the drive home, I started to smile as I gave myself some serious credit for the improvement in my riding. I can't wait to see where we are this summer!