|I wish this was a post ride shot. It isn't.|
Instead of getting up in arms about it, I decided to play it out and see how she'd respond to me. I instantly brought out the "quiet" rider in me and I gave minimal cues, knowing that acting like a bitch to her and demanding obedience would only cause her to act up. You see, Suzie is the kind of horse that doesn't do well with a loud rider when she is acting up - trying to fight fire with fire only gets me burned and I've attempted being the "mean" one a time or two and it did not end well. Suzie is smart, calculating, and does not forgive easily. When she throws a hissy fit, it's up to me to stay quiet and not turn the hissy fit into an explosion.
|Before we met up with the other horses, she was a cool cucumber|
She jigged and acted like a fool for over thirty minutes. Just acting like a (pardon my language) fucking idiot. At first, I attempted to deal with her behaviour - circling, backing her up, trying to get her responsive to the bit, flexing, using my seat to slow/stop her, etc etc. Nothing worked. So, I rode it out.
|Worked herself up in a nice "worry sweat" lather.|
We went around the street where Suzie and Spud live and as we passed the driveway, Suzie sucked back and I kicked her forwards, past the driveway and immediately, she dropped her head and went on a loose rein. The rest of the trail ride, she was back to being responsive to my seat and reins - no muss, no fuss. She was back to being my regular, trail riding citizen without so much as an argument. But when I left my friends and headed back towards home, she turned into a monster again. Thankfully, by this time, traffic had diminished and I was able to work her properly.
With Suzie, you can't get mad at her - you have to use her against herself. So, we circled and circled and circled. Every time she was pointed back towards home, she sped up and then was brought into another circle instead of being allowed to walk straight. We repeated the exercise a few times and after about 10 minutes of screwing her fucking brain back in, she walked off quietly. A bit rushy, but responsive to my cues and listening. Spud was screaming for Suzie as we got closer, and I took the chance to hop off and work on some Showmanship before taking her back to the barn.
|So tired. |
check out the sweaty eye lids.
|I make all them ladies crazy|
Oh, and I fully intend to nip this shit in the butt - I don't put up with Suzie shenanigans.