Being out of riding lessons for a while really does make a difference. It's true. I'm noticing that more and more. But, if I get this job I'm trying for at another nearby stable, I might be able to get back into it. *crosses fingers*
Anyways. I've come to the (obvious) realization today that a lot of the problems I've been having with Beau lately are most likely due to the fact that I haven't been able to afford driving out to see him and ride/work with him as much as I need and want to. Duh. I know, takes me a while sometimes. But yeah. He's been not only avoiding me catching him, but I noticed he's getting really barn sour too.
I hopped on him today and he was basically throwing a fit the entire time we were riding in the field in the opposite direction of the barn. Trying to walk sideways, diagonally, stop and eat, pretty much do anything EXCEPT walk forward. He would throw his head up and try to spin around and head back to the barn among other things. When I finally reached the point where I was ready to turn around, I made him stand and wait for a minute, then let him start heading back. Except that he was trying to run through my hands and seat the entire time. I kept having to stop and circle him and each time I let him walk again he'd do this prancy "omg let's trot in place!!" thing and try to break out into a canter (which I refused to let him do of course). Either way, I was really tired out by the end of the ride and it wasn't really a pleasant experience.
Any tips and advice are more than welcome. Thank you for reading.