I also think I figured something out.
Do you see the 'Tude?
He's lifting his front feet nicely.
He looks to me like he keeps switching his lead in the back, so he is cross-cantering, which explains why it feels so rough when I am riding him.
When I got to the barn, Nicole was already there. As I was walking down the aisle toward her, talking, Ashke heard me and bellowed his greeting. Nicole commented about how he only greets me that way and that Callie doesn't even whinny at her that way. Then the three of us walked over to Callie. Nicole called her and Callie came walking into the stall from her run. When she reached the curtain that separates the stall from the outside run, she whinnied. I laughed and Nicole said, very dryly, "She's whinnying for Ashke, not me." Made me laugh harder.
Thinking of trying horse soccer for Ashke. I think he might like it.