With two-plus months of conditioning and two shows at Intro Level behind us, it's time to focus on Lance's canter work. He is relatively obedient about picking up the canter, but prefers the left lead and sometimes takes it when asked for the right lead. He also has to be encouraged to stay in the canter, which is partly due to lack of strength and balance, I'm sure. He was a stall-potato when he came, after all! Now that I'm cantering him more, he is actually breaking a sweat occasionally – barely.
Yesterday I had Brian video some canter work, and was surprised to see that it doesn't look as bad as it feels. It's nothing like Don Juan de Hus' canter, but visualizing the canter of the "best four-year-old in France" when I ride Lance certainly can't hurt!