Well, for the first time since the saddle rolling and concussion incident, we loped! It was way more nerve wracking than I thought it would be. But I didn't fall off, he didn't fall down, and it was actually kinda fun! He picked up the wrong lead a couple times and crossfired once, but mostly we did just fine. I'm sure I'm the one screwing him up there because he's been loping pretty nicely in the round pen, for the most part. I wish I knew why he is suddenly okay with loping after hating it and being totally uncoordinated earlier this year. The cold weather making him frisky is all I can come up with. Or maybe there was a physical issue that got better. I would have possibly thought it was this new trim, but he was doing fine that same day before the trim. I really don't see a difference in his way of going since then. Whatever it is, I'm glad he's moving better. Because I can learn to ride better but I'm not sure I could have made my horse quit being a klutz if he couldn't even lope on his own.
I think the next thing to work on is counting cadence at the trot and feeling when I need to cue for the lope so I'm not messing him up.
Oh, and he's mighty handsome in his new pad. I found my camera but the battery was dead. One of these days I'll get a picture.