|Trust me, I am just about as thrilled as you are.|
Maybe it's a combination of Annie being stronger/wiser, or a bit of body soreness from our previous school, or maybe a bit of both, but her response to a lot of my queries was, "And why should I?"
I've been careful to examine the issues that arise and test the waters to see what is the best solution for addressing things. It may take me a few attempts to get it right, but I like to assess things fully before developing a concrete thought.
So what exactly did she do on Saturday?
|She was planning and plotting long before I tacked her up.|
I am pleased with myself that I rode through it all, remained calm and breathed through the antics. We alternated between walk-trot transitions before revisiting the canter - my initial thought is that it is harder for her to trot properly (ie. engaged, bending, etc) than it is to just run into the canter multiple times and when I shut her down, it makes her angry.
My second thought was pain - which is very viable concern. We took quite a few weeks off of schooling and now are returning to it - she may be lacking some muscles and sore in a few spots from the previous day. I palpated her back and while she was a bit sore in a few areas, nothing seemed to "jump" out as a huge issue.
|Oh look, a conformation photo where|
she isn't looking at me and her tail isn't swishing.
Anyways, while the ride was a bit of a disaster, I managed to salvage a good deal of it. The walk/trot transitions really helped her settle and I felt like I was able to eek out some good work from her, despite the newfound "No" attitude. I verbally praised her and patted her several times, reassuring her that there was nothing to be worked up about or to take so personally.
We cantered around, attempted some leg yielding (which she did not appreciate kthanks), and even jumped the little makeshift tire-jump in the arena before calling it quits.
Upon leaving the arena, she hacked around on a buckle rein for the ride home and even did a stretchy trot along the dirt path which parallels the road. With her ability to "get over it" and get back to work, I strongly think this is more of a temperament thing. She's a young, empowered mare and she knows what is right. ;)
|Still, ending the ride with my feet kicked out of the stirrups|
still feels like a win?
I got some extra tips from Trainer K and when she gets back up to the area later this month we *may* take some lessons provided the snow doesn't fly, but if not, we will address it early next year. I'm not in a huge rush to "fix" the issue. She might just need some time off in the pasture or plodding along on a loose rein to just unhinge and relax.
|She obliged to walking in the scary mud puddles.|
I do realize that I focus highly on the negative aspect of things, which is just something I do and it reflects a lot in my blogging. It's not like I am blaming the horse or trying to make it sound like we are in crisis mode - some of our rides just suck right now and it's all part of it. I'm sure she is getting worn out and tired from being ridden all year and going to all these new places and is ready for a nice long Winter break.
We have a few more weeks left of Fall before Winter sets in, and I'd really like to get past this last uphill battle before packing in the season. It can be frustrating when situations like that arise and although there are good portions in the ride, the bad parts really stand out like a sore thumb.