I worked her a little on the ground, refreshed on trailer loading. I noticed that she is pawing in the trailer, and I'm very concerned that she will somehow manage to hook her front hoof through the divider. It just gave me the willys when I saw her doing it.
We rode up in the front lot area. I was on less than two minutes when she decided she wasn't going towards the neighbors place. She started getting balky and I pushed her on forward, then we she got there she did her bolting away thing which was very dicey. As I had her head tipped one way, and she was galloping and bucking the other, in mud. I got that sorted out and one reined her to a stop, released, and pointed her back that way again, and she made two more attempts at spooking and running, one reined her in two more times. Since I was alone here on the farm, and knew my husband wasn't going to be home for an hour, I decided to play it safe and ride her within the fenced paddock tonight. Figured if I came off there, and was injured, at least he'd find me, as opposed to somewhere out in the woods.
I have to wonder how much work, and how many miles before these issues resolve? Will they EVER resolve? Then I think of Puddin' and all her spooking and shying, and for the most part she did get over the worst of it, but it took darn near a thousand miles. Phebes behavior seems to be all fear and flight, fear and flight. A couple weeks ago riding in a "herd" environment she was incredibly better, and I feel that was the security of the herd. How do I get her to feel that security with me? She is improving, but slowly, and these frequent set backs shake my confidence.
Today's acting out behavior lasted about five minutes, then she was fine. My husband came home and the rain picked up to a cold wet drizzle, and I decided to just end on a good note. Tomorrow is a long work day, so my next ride will be on Friday barring really bad weather. I'll loosen her up, and take her out to the trails in back as soon as Doug gets home from work. Then I'll have to pack up the trailer for our Saturday ride I HOPE I HOPE I HOPE!!!
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association