In all the irritation about the "incident" the other day (irritation which was preceded by a day of feeling guilty and obsessing over what I could have done differently, mind you), I forgot to mention the bright spot.
And there was a bright spot.
When I finally did get on Bar, Steve had already given Lena a beauty treatment and put her away, but being the great guy he is, waited patiently while I did a little more work.
Bar has been really good at maintaining a consistent trot in the round pen lately, but my not-so-great posting abilities make it difficult for him (and me) under saddle. I wanted to work on his speed control--as in he has to control his own rate of travel without me yanking on his mouth--by allowing him to trot on a loose rein. Not only did he do an excellent job setting a steady pace, he tolerated my spastic posting with good humor--all on a loose rein.
So things weren't all that terrible that day after all. Good to remember that.