Since we can't ride, I decided Cupid and I should try a little ground driving! It's possible Cupid did a little of this in his early training but I don't know for sure. My trainer is experienced in it so I knew we would be in good hands regardless.
I started out with a little light longing. Cupid was less reluctant to go, though the first time I asked him to pick up a trot going to the left he did pin his ears at me and give me a dirty look! But he trotted around and looked good. We did a little walk and trot both directions, then I put on his balancing side reins and did a little trot and canter each direction. He picked up the left lead the first time I asked, but then the second time he was incorrect a few times before he got it.
Then we snapped on a longe line on each side, and let him get used to it running down his side and over his back and behind him, which did not present a problem. My trainer got into position, behind and slightly to the inside of him, and I was by his head just in case. She asked Cupid to walk forward with a cluck and he responded right away. We started out walking around the arena along the rail with a few walk-halt-walks. Cupid was perfect! I thought Cupid would be a little confused about a person being behind
instead of next to him and try to turn around, but he acted like he knew
what he was supposed to do! We did a few changes of direction down the diagonal as well as turning in a half circle. Then my trainer had him go in a circle and let the lines get a little longer and got him up to a trot. Cupid continued to be perfect!