|His favorite frame - aka the anteater|
I think I threw too many variables into the equation when I was lunging him, which made the results less clear. For starters, I used his old loose ring Herm Sprenger, and he chomped on it throughout (which is why I originally switched to just the Myler, but thought I'd give it a try again.) Then when I put on his balancing reins he was just cranky - not sure if that was body discomfort or just because we haven't used it in a while. I had it on the longest setting, but he was still unhappy.
We started off without the reins, walking and trotting a bit both directions. Then put the reins on for some trot and canter, starting at the right. As I said he was fussy with the reins on, even at the trot and it just got worst at the canter. Going to the left he was again fussy, but did pick up the left lead correctly each time. I thought he was short in the left shoulder, but I don't know if I was just seeing that since that's what the chiropractor said. So if anyone wants to play detective, here are some clips (bear in mind it's hard to hold the longe line and whip, while trying to film!)
Walk warm up to the left - he's unmotivated but tracking up.
Trot warm up to the right, without the balancing reins. His mouth is busy but he's fairly relaxed.
Trotting to the right after I put the balancing reins on, more fussy.
Canter to the right, not happy. (Last time I cantered on him going right he felt quite good, so I don't know if he was just protesting the balancing reins??)
Canter to the left. No trouble picking up the lead, but not very relaxed.
I had a lot of opportunity to work on myself, especially focusing on maintaining proper contact (one of my biggest weaknesses!) We did a lot of going around a 20 meter circle, with a figure eight (two half 10 meter circle) change of direction through the middle. We also did a little leg yielding, and transitions. Honestly Cupid felt great, I just don't know what to think!