I guess the good news is that Izzy is getting more and more agreeable about working. For the past several days he's been quite willing to school whatever it is that I'm asking for. That doesn't mean he's doing it well, but I don't care about that. I just want him out there relaxed and trying. We can get the work "correct" later.
I already mentioned that he got turned out on Sunday. In fact, I left him out there for more than an hour. I was DELIGHTED with how happy and playful he was. He never screamed or hollered, and when he did run and play, it was a big 'lopey kind of canter with some playful kicking up of the heels.
I always "trail ride" him around the arena to warm up and relax. It was a nice treat to get on him already warmed up. And he was pretty darned relaxed as well. In fact, his whole demeanor was calmer and more submissive. That just tells me that lengthy turn outs are a good way to get rid of his nervous energy. I'll be keeping that in mind.
We started with some trot work. It's not perfect, but I am now able to get some half-way decent stretchy trot from him, and I don't feel like he's constantly running through my aids. In fact, I had to keep asking for more forward. Hallelujah!
The canter work to the right is getting there. That is to say that he can now canter to the right without running into the next county. Our circles are more like 30-meters, but at least we are able to make the turn.
To the left, he can do a very lovely counter canter around and around. Seriously. This is excellent news.
Unfortunately, we still aren't able to get a left lead canter when asked. I can get it maybe once out of ten tries. I was able to get it the other day, and I did get it once on Sunday, but Izzy doesn't know how to pick up a left lead canter when asked.
The good thing is that when he does get a left lead canter, he immediately stretches down and rounds his back. I know it must feel so much better and (easier) than being on the right lead while tracking left.
We're heading down to see Chemaine on Tuesday for a lesson. I am confident that she'll be able to help me once she sees us in person.