These are our training sessions for now.
No rope gates
No side passing
Note the decent stop.
Trax does not have the boundless energy that he used to have. I wonder if it is because he is not getting as much alfalfa, or because he doesn't feel the need to runaway as much as he did.
Each time we start out I let him lope the entire arena as fast as he wants to go until I feel him drop down and relax. It is his runners high, he goes to a happy place and when he reaches that mental state, what I ask him to do doesn't seem like so much to him. I don't make him run, I let him run. There is a difference. It might not be what many people would recommend to do, but it works for us, so we will keep doing it.
I hope every has a safe and Happy New Year.