Our left lead canter is also improving. We've been able to hold that lead only slightly longer than the right. Just a month ago, I could get a canter departure, but then we worked on holding it without exploding. Over the weekend, I was finally able to school multiple trot to canter transitions while on the same circle. There is still some fussing and an occasional temper tantrum, but he can now pick up a left lead, canter as long as I ask, come back to trot, and then pick up the left lead again.
Now, I can ask for a relaxed trot, slow it down to almost nothing, and then send him forward into a bigger trot. Once he figured out that he wasn't in trouble when I asked for the bigger trot, he happily listens for the cue to slow down and waits for me to send him into the bigger gait. I found that the more I sent him forward and brought him back, the transition to canter was so much easier for him. That's what happens when your hind end is engaged.
This coming weekend, we're riding in another two-day clinic with the always fabulous Dr. Christian Schacht. I am so excited to hear what he thinks about Izzy. I know that the work I do with Chemaine Hurtado falls right in line with Dr. Schacht's teaching, but it will be great to see how much of her lessons that I've been able to implement.
Izzy needs as many field trips as possible, and while I'll be missing a show hosted by my CDS Chapter, I think Izzy will get a lot more training and exposure at a two-day clinic. This will be his first time stabling over-night, and we'll school in the covered ring which can be scary for a lot of horses.
Our progress might be a bit slow, but it's there, and we're picking up speed. Mighty is not that far away!