I've managed to forget to borrow a weight tape all week, but it's definitely still on my list of things to take care of soon! I want to see how much Barnabus has managed to gain over the last two months.
In my lesson on Thursday, we spent more time on transitions and getting him to really start using his hind end better. Overall, it was a very good lesson, even though we held it during a rain/hail storm! My lesson yesterday was interesting as well. My BO brought out a set of small spurs. She told me to wear them so she could see how he reacted to them. Now that was interesting! A small nudge of the spur got more of a reaction from him than the crop ever did. I felt like I did OK with my first attempt at using them for the walk and trot, but I suspect my leg wasn't quite as stable at the canter. My BO was pretty pleased overall though. She mentioned having me wear the spurs for a week or two and then we'll see how he goes.
One thing that we have noticed about Barnabus is that when he gets tired (or maybe a bit overwhelmed mentally?), especially going to the right, he will pick a corner and run into the fence instead of turning the corner. He'll do this at both trot and canter. He's done it with all four corners at various times, and he's even done it when using only half the arena. I was discussing that with my BO yesterday, and we're starting to think it might be more mental than physical with him, but nothing's been ruled out yet. We're going to keep working with him, and see if we can figure this out!
Picture day with Barnabus coming later this week for sure. :)