While his resistance was moderate, so was his ability to relax and accept my leg. It was a boring ride because all I did was insist, relentlessly (this is my new favorite word by the way), that he move his inside leg to my outside hand. I've been working on that concept for years now, but Christian Schacht helped me feel a new level of appreciation for the concept. Inside leg to outside hand ... like literally until I feel him on my outside hand. OH!
We didn't get it perfectly, but he did give in to it over and over again. He just wouldn't stay on the outside rein. I would get a few strides, and then he would hollow his back and jerk his head up. No biggie, I just kept asking, and he kept reluctantly giving.
It was not a great looking ride, but I still finished the day feeling successful. I don't know why he came out more tense on Sunday than on Saturday, but I very much appreciated how much maturity he showed. He clearly wasn't in the mood, but he kept the strongest of his opinions to himself.
And the next day? He was once again willing and able to relax and accept my leg quickly without a fuss. If this is what his "backward steps" are going to look like, I'll take them!