While Steve was riding Lena and I was trying not to hover, Bar and I worked some more on his body position in the round pen.
I have noticed he is less relaxed going to the right, with the bowed tendon leg on the inside of the circle. He is also a bit shorter on the right side, and I'm sure it's all connected. Just have to keep working and keep stretching.
BUT, we are making progress. The first series (again, sorry for the blurriness/graininess--it's really hard to take a good picture in the indoor arena) is Bar going to the left. You can see he has good extension, even with his head all up in the air, but I'm starting to really be able to see when the engagement starts to happen much better.
Here is a bit more engagement happening:
Now to the right, where it takes him a lot longer to relax and get into the groove of things:
And a tiny bit of improvement, including his tongue sticking out--which means there was licking and chewing--a sign he was relaxing:
Then we had to stop because Peter came in to lunge another horse, but I do feel like we're getting here, albeit on the slow-but-sure path.