Since I was busy with all the trailer loading stuff and helping out at a show all weekend, I wasn't able to hop into Annie until Monday morning. The Chiro was coming out later in the morning and because I figured Annie would need a few days off after being adjusted, I wanted to ride her prior to the appointment itself.
Things started out OK - she tied quietly altho was a bit dancey when I threw her saddle pad and saddle on. She didn't really play up the antics, just wanted to move her feet around a bit. I had put my jumping saddle on, as I had left the trial saddle at home with my dressage leathers and irons.
Once she was all tacked up and I was ready to motor, we wandered over to the mounting block (ie a bucket) and instead of letting her wander away and just quietly following her wherever she went, I start to incorporate the ''new rules''. Before, I had let her move away but quietly just followed and mounted wherever she stopped.
But now, I had changed the rules and was keen on having her stand still regardless of what I was doing or where we were. I think it came as a shock to her because she seemed pretty offended by this new set of rules - but it took less than five minutes for her to just stand quiet as I mounted and dismounted several times.
|That stink eye tho|
I went to pop back on and she started moving away again so we worked on the mounting stuff once more. I got back on and she felt very fired up from our discussion on the ground re: moving off my leg. She also started to suck towards the barn and on a particular circle, she bowed towards the barn and I gave her a sharp kick with my leg. She responded by throwing her head down and giving a half-hearted buck. I responded with another kick and she repeated the offence. I stopped her, jumped off and immediately went to the barn for the lunge line.
I have no problems with antics undersaddle - I just prefer to deal with shenanigans like that in an enclosed area where it is a little more safer.
|On Tuesday, I questioned my sanity tho.|
We did a few laps of trot where she was good and I felt like she responded better because I was using my calves vs my heels like I had been before. I feel like I ride with my heels more in my jump saddle and maybe it pissed her off that I used such a loud aid vs a quieter one like I normally do?
Regardless, there was no need for snobbyness, hence the Bad Pony Lunging.
We also did a TOF both directions and she was SUPER good. I was pleased and hopped off right then and there, solidifying that she had answered the question just right.
So, not the best ride we have had. But, I think in some ways it was an important ride to have.
While I think I could have stayed on and fought it out with her, I didn't really feel like it was the place or time for a head to head battle. I was getting frustrated with her being pissy about something so simple and hopping off to grab the lunge line was the better option in the end.
And she is starting to learn that when I ask for things, she needs to comply somehow. She doesn't need to make a complete TOF or TOH - just make the attempt and I'll be happy. I also think doing these tricky exercises with a fence rail will help since doing TOF and TOH out in the open is a bit harder of a concept for a green horse to grasp.
|Chiro said three days off, I said practice mounting and wander around|
the back paddock where we had our issues a day earlier with a rope
Fingers crossed she is feeling more limber and loosened up!