It was cold and windy today (33 degrees F and 20mph winds). Brrr! Barnabus did pretty well during my ride today. I kept it to about 30 minutes, and continued to work with him on the concept of moving off my leg and bending. I think we're getting somewhere with it - I really only have to give a little squeeze most of the time now. But I now need to work on keeping his attention on me, and not on all the fascinating things going on around us! We did just a little bit of cantering, and as per my BO's instructions, I'm not letting him run into the canter. I honestly don't think he really understands what I want when I ask for the canter. He pops into it quickly when I give a little flick of the crop on his shoulder, so my BO has instructed me to give the leg aids and the flick of the crop at the same time for now, until he can make the association. And for one of today's canter transitions, I didn't even need the crop! Progress! :)
He is doing one funny thing in the barn though. I really need a behavioral reference to see what it means. When I scratch up and down the crest of his neck, he'll lower his head a bit and then open his mouth and move it towards my hip, like he's about to bite or something. I don't know if that's his attempt at reciprocal grooming, or if he's trying to push me. In any case, he got a light tap on the nose, and he promptly stopped.