|Lunging with balancing reins|
We started today with a quick lunge, to see how Cupid was moving. He looked okay, so I got on. He still gets a little bratty sometimes when I ask for a trot. Before I even ask, as I'm gathering the reins and preparing he knows something is coming and gets really crooked and balky. I am working on asking once with just a squeeze (no lifting my legs off his sides for a big pony kick!) and following up with the crop if he doesn't listen. Then if he trots tell him he's good, and move on not making a big deal out of it. Then we trot a few steps, go back to a walk and try again. Usually I do about 3 transitions.
We did a little trot work on a circle, me focusing on my hands and keeping him nice and round. We had a few nice moments when I could feel him really use himself. Then we cantered on the circle. We did two sets each direction and it was very good - we got the leads correct each time, kept a decent circle, and Cupid didn't try dropping to a trot.
I'm very relieved Cupid seems to be healing. Our trainer said we can probably start jumping in a few weeks if there are no setbacks.