Thank you Kate and SprinkerBandit for your kind words about Sam. I really did feel empowered after I spoke to Jane. Yesterday afternoon she rode Sam again and this time we but a caverson noseband on him. I tacked him up so I made sure it wasn't really tight. I would prefer not to use one but if I do then I like to have a two finger gap between the noseband and their nose. Wow the difference was amazing my old Sam was back!!!!!!!! Maybe the other day he was just having an off day. Jane didn't ride him for long because he was doing so well. Nice rhythm, steady head carriage, not pushing his nose out into the bit in downward transitions. He is still jumping into canter but that will come I think when he builds more strength in his hindquarters.
Jane just phoned and wants to do a float loading lesson this morning so I will let you know how that goes. I can't do much with my foot so I will just watch and hopefully at the end I might be able to have a go.
I do agree with Kate though - trainers work for us. Sam is going to be in training for a little longer due to my not being able to ride so I am going to ask her to take him out on a trail ride along the rode and to ride him out around the large riding paddock and up and down lane ways just to really get him out, going forward, build his confidence.
The foot is unfortunately getting worse. Looks like my bone is bruised and the wound was a little deeper than they thought and they think it might have a small infection so I am onto antibiotics. I really want it healed so I can start riding again!!!!!!!