Did you see any lameness in the walk after he'd trotted? I still can't really tell what it is. I think he feels fine though so I'm going to take the wait and see approach and try not to stress myself out over it. If I can't see anything tomorrow I might ride him bareback (in a bridle!) to see if I can feel anything. Sometimes it's easier to feel things than to see them.
Anyway after longeing him I decided to do some whip desensitization since it's pretty obvious I've been slacking off on that. He's definitely become a lot more sensitive than he used to be. I miss my deadhead! Anyway I spent probably fifteen minutes desensitizing him, but I trimmed it down because that gets boring! I video editing software was being a major pain in the butt, so it's actually two separate videos. It refused to do them together for some reason. I really love the end of the second one because he shows me he still wants to be with me after I take the halter off. He shows off his winning smile too so don't miss that.
Here is the first one. Don't worry it's way shorter than the longeing one.
The second one.
Also for those of you who can't watch videos due to internet or work computers here are some snapshots for you.
He can look fancy when he wants to.
The goats made an appearance too so I hope you can watch the video! It's funny.
Sadly he still cross canters. :(
Here is some of him being naughty (I forgot to get snapshots of the bucking).
Some more trotting pictures.
This last one is where he pops his head up and scoots.
I can't wait until he looks calm and stretching down in the whole session instead of just for brief spells of it. There are a few more pictures of him being cute below.
I love how long his mane is getting!
I hope he doesn't start rubbing it out this spring.
I caught one of his best smiles on that last video. So cute!
I hope you guys enjoy the pictures and video. I'm sure having fun with my GoPro. I've been wanting a way to record a longeing session for a long time. I really wanted a nice session, but he gave me a naughty one instead haha. It shows you how sensitive he is though. To me walking toward him, the whip, the last dragging in the grass, me bending over, etc. We will definitely be doing a LOT more desensitizing. I hadn't realized how reactive he's gotten!!
Lytha from A Horse Crazy American in Germany shared a video from Warwick Schiller that reminded me a lot of Chrome. Chrome used to be quiet and lazy, now he is responsive and reactive. I have to find the middle ground with him again. Here is the video. It's short and doesn't tell you how to do anything, but it was eye opening for me.
Anyway I'll stop rambling now and I'll see what you guys think regarding the lameness and all of Chrome's shenanigans. :)