I just don't know what to do with him. He has zero work ethic and would simply prefer to stand around and look good. He wants all of the glory but none of the hard work. He's the guy that will happily take all of the credit at work after you've worked your butt off on a project.
Our most recent problem, and it's something we've struggled with forever, is that Speedy will not truly work from his hind end. He is lazy. His favorite trick is to simply double his neck so that his cute little Arabian muzzle tucks right into his chest. And then he proceeds to truck around the arena like an empty wheelbarrow, driving his front end into the ground while his hind end remains light and empty.
Now that the novelty of being able to trot and canter is gone, Speedy has been expressing his opinion about the hard work that comes with the more elevated gaits. Carrying his own front end with me on top is just too hard (insert a whine here). There have been some pinned ears, tail swishing, crow hops, and even some refusals.
So on Thursday, I put the spurs back on. And you know what? We actually got a little bit more forward. Every time he curled his neck under, I pushed my hands forward slightly, sat up, and put my leg on. The first time he felt my spurs he gave a big WHAT?!?!?!, and then launched forward. Good boy!
The spurs really helped for the canter. We've been working on the counter canter loop from First Level. He was either blowing through my aids completely and galloping off, or dropping back to a trot when I gave a half halt. Without spurs I couldn't keep him going forward while slowing down his front end. We didn't get the loop looking pretty, but at least I was able to keeping pushing him forward without dropping back into the trot.
In two weeks, I am taking him to the CDS Adult Amateur Clinic with Marisa Festerling. I so hope she can help me get Speedy really working from his hind end. If not, those medieval looking spurs up there might make an appearance!