I had another lesson scheduled for late today but when I got to the barn PJ had lost a shoe in the field. I figured I would just be walking, so I didn’t even bother to put boots on him. I decided to try trotting and he wasn’t all that off, so I continued. Barbara and I decided that it would be best to avoid cantering him, though.
I don’t know if it was because I had no expectations, he had gone forward on the lunge yesterday, he had just eaten dinner, or what. But he was very forward in a good way. He was free in the shoulder and pushed from behind. I just thought half-halt and he collected. If I thought it too loudly he walked. It was the same for going forward. I posted a little higher and off we went.
So, my plan for having a canter lesson was dashed. Then my plan just to walk was modified when I saw he was only a little irregular. Everything worked out in the end.