Slider continues to chill more and more everyday. We have cantered a few times now and OMG it feels amazing, he keeps a steady rhythm and I can feel his front end come up with every stride. I've been doing a bit of ground work before every ride, moving his shoulders and hips over separately, walking and halting, lowering his pole etc. Yesterday he stood still at the mounting block on our first try, instead of the third or fourth. The ground work has really improved our steering around the arena and we can even do quarter turns on the haunches while I am riding now. He gets his racing plates replaced with steel shoes today and in the next few days we will be playing with free jumping, I can't wait to see what he does!