Okay so here's some background, I train for a local ranch. They got an awesome little mare to add to the barrel horses that will begin seasoning this year. She had been started and could trot a nice pattern and lope a decent one. When she arrived we focused on basics. Lead changes, softness, circles. She has a handle out of this world after a lot of work. She will move in and out easily, stops awesome, spins, rollbacks you name it she does it. Got her loping a super solid pattern.
WELL, about two or three weeks ago we were adding a bit of speed which we had done before, got to second barrel and her hind end just kind of slipped out from under her, we hit the ground and my foot got hung up and I was dragged. Thank yhe good Lord neither of us were injured. Well had her checked and she was fine, got back to work and everything was good.
Fast forward to yesterday, practiced the other 2 I was to work that day. The ground is kind of hard but nothing crazy, not near as bad as what they would have to run on at some rodeos or even barrel races around here. They handled it well and did great. I warm up this other mare she feels good, enforcing rate and bend because she's been getting a bit stiff in her turns sometimes nothing major. Loped through and she did great. Went to lope once more and she kind of blew out on the backside of second almost like she like she was scared to get down and dig, fast lope into third she didn't really rate much and then her hind end just slips out from under her and I smack the ground. I did have my GoPro camera on which made for a neat video. But it scared the crap out of me and I don't get shaken easily doing this for a living but that getting dragged thing is for the birds.
What do you guys think of this? The first time I chalked it up to the ground being kind of slick, it was holding water in the corners so we lightly disked it and smoothed it and every other horse did fine. And this time the ground was kind of packed but none of the others had an issue.
Lameness? Just the ground not holding her turn style? It's just weird that her left hind is what went first on both falls. She's sound as can be and is waiting to be ridden when I pull up. She really wants to work. She's only 5 by the way.
What do ya'll think?