|Oh look, it's Bannie.|
Anyways. I kinda figured we were due for a Not So Great Ride since most, if not all of our rides have been more or less pretty good.
Unfortunately, Annie chose what was supposed to be a relaxing trail ride for her alter-ego to suss out. And for what it's worth, the alter-ego that eeked out during the ride wasn't the worst of the worst, but it was probably one of the worst trail rides I've had on her, aha. Thankfully, she wasn't bad the entire ride and we managed to turn it into a good schooling session of sorts.
Green horses, am I right?
|#2 horse in a 3 horse line up!|
Old logging roads are pretty easy to wander down bc they're wide and don't ask many questions. Going through the real narrow, over-grown trails can be a bit more... hazardous bc they ask a bit more questions. So, we've been plugging along with the varied terrain and awkward footing.
And most times, we trail ride alone or with one other friend. Annie has been good to both lead and follow, although definitely prefers to lead. I have been practicing, when out with others, to have her walk in the back and front. She can be argumentative about it, but we do work on it bc it's something we need to suss out and it's something she needs to get used to just 'cause.
|We wandered over the highway quite a few times on this trip!|
Not one of us had been down this trail in a few years, so we got confused and ended up going down the wrong trail-head and the horses kinda got agitated once the trail narrowed down and we ended up hitting a dead-end. The trail was very overgrown and not the greatest so the horses were not impressed and attempted to turn around a few times (we should've listened to their suggestions, to be honest, haha). Nicole's horse got kinda riled up when we went to turn back and I'm not sure if it spread across to the other horses. She ended up dismounting and leading AJ out, as he was the last horse in the line-up when we turned around to head back to the main trail.
|The Bannie is happiest in the lead.|
So I kinda... argued with her, haha. In hindsight, I am kinda like "Why did I do that?" but I am also happy I sussed it out with her, bc thankfully the two other riders I was with were cool with it and happy to oblige when I asked for more room, etc etc.
Unfortunately for Annie, I decided to go kinda above and beyond to duke it out and when she started blowing thru my aids, I made her walk back even further from Colby and it only (obviously) made her angrier, haha. So after making her hang back even further, I had a Hot Mess Express on my hands (duh) and we did some jigging, side-stepping, and even some pawing when we all had to halt for a few seconds. She was PISSED.
|No photos of us in last place, bc I was concentrating on not|
dying and being effective lol.
I ended up asking the people I was with if we could do some leap frog - shuffling horses along in the line-up so Annie would be first, second, third and back again. I wanted to be a bit more fair and a bit more thoughtful in my application of dealing with the issue. Holding her back and having her dance around like a fool wasn't fun and it wasn't teaching her anything. So leap-frogging along each place would give her boosts of confidence as well as teaching her she can't escape what she doesn't like.
It worked really well, actually, and she grew much more confident even in the middle spot. She was obv happiest in the front, so I rewarded her with a very loose floppy rein and she complied happily. When we were in the middle, I worked on slowing her quietly with my seat and encouraging her to lower her poll. And finally, we walked in behind and applied the same things. Asking her to slow without a death grip on the reins, asking her to lower her poll, etc.
|The final stretch before popping back into the subdivision.|
We practiced leaving a lot of space between us and AJ - I am happy
with her listening ears in this one.
For the most part, her tantrums are short-lived and once she gets it through her head she isn't going to win, she gives up haha. Unfortunately, I didn't really help the situation by getting mad back, but I am glad I managed to salvage the last little bit of the ride and give Annie some good hearted schooling.
I thanked both the girls I rode with and both of them were more than happy to oblige with helping me school. We managed to finish the ride in just about 2.5 hours and went about 11km, so it was a good chunk of time.
|Has no problem when her friends split off to go home, but just|
doesn't like to be last. -_-
What about your horse? Do they prefer to be in the lead? Is this just a baby horse thing? What do you do in situations like that? I'm curious!!