Today we had our second canter bareback. I have video proof too!
While it doesn't look amazing, he's soft, off of his forehand, relaxed, and relatively balanced. Pretty much all I could ask for. The departures need work, but most of that is me. I still get very tense asking for the canter while bareback - you can clearly see it too. That's why this bareback month is more to concentrate on me than it is on Fiction.
After our ride in the outdoor arena, we went on a very long 30-45 minute hack, also bareback. My horse was absolutely perfect. So calm and relaxed. I had an amazing ride on the buckle with no worries.
As the days pass, Fiction continues to morph into a dependable, level-headed partner, and I am falling in love with him more and more.