On Saturday night, I spoke with Pam about Doc and mentioned I would ride either Flagg or Wheels in my lesson. She said "I would prefer to see you ride Junior." She's been following our progress via email, of course. I'm so thankful to Pam for bringing it up. The barn folks were surprised to see me come out on Junior since I've been doing a lot of my work privately. I didn't want to condone the fact that I was doing things against vet orders. Junior felt like a million bucks as we challenged his hind legs a bit in order to get him off the front. You could feel the smile on his face and the relief in his body as we went to real work again. He felt loose and stronger than I gave him credit for. We worked mostly the canter since Pam made the point that his trot is very "flashy" and more apt to strain the tendons than his canter. We want the canter to come shorter and quicker anyway, so that's a good place to start. We did lots of tempis to get the canter jumping. They are not hard on his body and his favorite exercise. He played all the way to ones.
I hope my vet isn't reading any of this...and luckily everything is coming together as planned. I hope to bring Junior out for the CDI in August and after yesterday, I know he'll be ready! Thanks, Pam!