Vaquero got his hooves worked on today. The bottom picture shows his hooves before his trim. I worked him on a long lead to see if his gait got any smoother, but it's hard to tell without getting in the saddle. I'll check THAT tomorrow.
It took Vaquero all of about 2 minutes to work off the long lead line. He wanted to come in to me, but I shoved him out, and he picked up what I wanted pretty quickly. That horse is no dummy. You just have to show him twice, and he's got it. It also means you have to be very consistent, because he WILL remember what you asked for and how you asked for it. He is the smartest horse I've worked with to date by a wide margin. If I can keep up with him, there is tremendous potential there for a beautiful partnership.
He is flexing laterally very easily to both sides from the ground. I think I'll work on his standing still for mounting tomorrow in the round pen.