Best ride!! We went calmly and quietly up to the gate and then out and down the road. I could do this with him before, if I pushed him through his thresholds. Today, we went that far w/o violating his dignity by forcing him forward. He was fine and comfortable to go that distance. We did not hit a threshold actually, but I had all the dogs and didn't want to keep going with the whole dog pack. It was the perfect place to quit, anyway.
It only took a few rounds of canter back to the barn with some nice soft trot/canter circles to get him thinking it was ok to be alone with me off the property.
I trimmed him and soaked him afterwards.