Felix got to Field Day around noon today and offloaded and settled in without incident.
In the late afternoon I brought him in and showed him the arena, including the mirrors, in which he admired himself.
I lunged him with a long walk warm up, then on to trot work in both directions. Then I included an 8″ jump , on a right lunge circle, that I asked him to trot up to and land in canter on the other side. The first few times he landed on the left lead, so I just let him, brought him to trot and continued again. I ignored his left lead or cross canter attempts, then gave him a lot of praise and a break from work when he chose the right lead. At one point late in the session, he had 3 right leads in a row. He was well pleased with himself and I let him know what a star he was. Great start.
I am sure he taxed some muscles that he is not used to using, so I gave him a gram of bute tonight and will for the next several feedings.