OK. My horse was SO good today. Wow, he was amazing. You would have had NO idea that he's had the last 2 weeks off. What a good little muffin! You'd have thought I'd just had a Gigi lesson, or something!:)
Last minute, threw on the dressage saddle. Let him walk on a loose rein both ways, then cantered in a light 2-point, then got to work. Made him walk on contact; turn on the forehand, turn on the haunches, shoulder in, leg yield, and actually worked a little haunches in. He's very reactive to my outside leg, and when I ask him to move his haunches over, he usually tries to jolt into a canter. Since I was working on shoulder/haunches in, I tortured myself with a fair amount of sitting trot. He was SO good. I LOVE my horse. At this point, he was quite sweaty; it was about 90 degrees at 9:30 in the morning.
On the right lead upward transition, picked up the canter from a halt ... on the correct lead:) He did feel very strong at the canter, but not the least bit bucky or prone to airs above the ground. Worked the rein contact, kept my leg on and steady, and got a nice carriage. On the left lead, nailed a BEAUTIFUL walk/canter transition, rode a nice big circle, halted. On the halt, he did NOT yank or pull on me. He stopped with a nice, lovely uphill frame. Quit there. Don't know what I'll do tomorrow; possibly dressage saddle again, not sure! Didn't expect the boy's most excellent behavior today, it was a nice treat.