I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted! I have discovered that Barnabus has a will of his own, and is no longer so shy about expressing it! When I went to ride Tuesday after work, I got there before evening feeding. My entire ride with him was a series of "discussions" about how he wanted to be in his stall eating and I insisted on riding. He wasn't mean about it, just very obvious about what he wanted.
Thursday's lesson had more of the same. It was bitterly cold and windy thatn night, too. (Ugh, isn't spring supposed to be here?) Anyway, at the end of the lesson, we trotted a small course with no issues. For our second turn, we were supposed to trot the first jump, canter the next 3, then trot the last. No problem, right? Wrong! Barnabus decided not to canter. Then when I finally did get him in a canter (3/4 of the way around the whole ring!), he decided he'd had enough and ran into the fence instead of turning the corner. I came off. Oy. Well, got back on, faced that corner, and, per my instructor, gave him a good smack with the crop, and then asked for the canter again. This time we did the course just fine. Stubborn horse! Well, all that personality of his is part of why I like him so much!