So I had a good, but very tough lesson today. Phoenix was being a big butt. He was throwing every trick in the book at me to keep me from working, but I was able to get through it! I was worried about there being something wrong with his gait, but my trainer didn’t feel that way at all. He is just trying so hard to not work that sometimes he takes a funky step or tenses up. The Young Rider came to watch and took some video and she agrees that Phoenix not having nice gaits had more to do with resistance then anything physical. My trainer also agrees with me that no, I am not scared of Phoenix at all. I am so glad that I didn’t loose my nerve! The problem has been that Phoenix is very, very resistant these days and that frustrates me. My trainer reminded me to take it back a few notches. Work on things that we can do well instead of pushing him to do what I know he can do. He is still very weak. He had only been back to work for a month now. He is 6. And my trainer said that she can already see improvements in some areas even though we are struggling in others. She also said that with consistent work we will be fighting fit in no time. So Phoenix and I are going to keep on keeping on. Man, training a baby horse on your own is not easy!