Alex is still doing really well. I lunged and rode him again on Saturday. His trot seemed even better, he was practically tossing me out of the tack with every step, I barely needed to post! The last time he was like this, it was right after the abscess disaster. I can't help but think he felt so good then, because he had been without my saddle (the PJ) for 2+ months. This of course makes me feel like a bad horse mommy, for not seeing it sooner :-( I'm trying not to beat myself up too much, he had so much going on with him, we just had to get through the process of elimination.
At any rate, we also cantered just a little bit, accidentally on purpose :-) I had every intention of waiting, but all the stars aligned and it was just time. I had to prove to myself everything was going to be ok, and it was. No explosion, just a few canter strides both directions. Insert huge smile here.
Tonight it rained so we had to use the scary indoor, but Alex was PERFECT! I didn't canter because the arena needed a watering, but his trot was A-Mazing. Score!
Later this week a County Saddlery rep is coming to fit Alex and let me try some saddles. Hopefully this will help and we can get something that works best for Alex very soon... Hubby is thrilled :-)