When we started heading home on the trails, Koda was really striding out, so I started doing some shortening, lengthening, stretching, and pushing from the hind through the back (lifted!) walk work. We played a game where every time we were going downhill, we would "sneak". I found it really helped him balance himself instead of just throwing himself down the hill, plus we slowed down so that the others would catch up to us. It was very cool to really feel that lift through the back, and him coming round, even with the slightly too wide saddle on him. I've heard from the seller, and the Harry Dabbs should be on it's way tomorrow via Greyhound!
Since we didn't have the camera for the lunge, here's some video from our trail yesterday. Youtube was kind enough to fix my wobbly video-taping.
The Poplar Grove