These birds love sitting on the horses
First we hauled up to trainer's place instead of the fancy barn where we usually lesson. It is just under an hour to her place. He had a bit of a meltdown on the trailer and was dripping in sweat when I pulled him off. Thankfully that took the edge off the dragon.
Cowboy was looking for cookies, but I was playing with my phone instead
He is actually most excellent in new places. The stallion was screaming and raising hell but Stinker calmly started eating his hay and stood like a champion. In the ring he was all business. Several of the problems I had been having was me. I felt like he was leaning really heavy on his left shoulder, but in reality I was pushing him onto it with my rouge right hip.
As soon as I got my hip out of his back, he felt great. We ended up cantering a bit and the left lead transition was beautiful. Zero drama. He just stepped up into it like he is an actual trained horse. The right lead wasn't as smooth, because he was anticipating and his idea of anticipating at the moment is hollowing and trying to zoom into it.
Best fuzzy little ears
The next day I took him out on the trails. I wanted to get him climbing, but I also wanted to keep him out of the rocks to protect the frog that is still healing up. That left one option that has several steep climbs and very deep sand. He wasn't entirely sold on the whole climbing thing, but I let him take his time (and he was actually taking care of himself for the most part) and made it through the four big climbs.