I knew it was just a matter of time before she decided to pull one of her old Sour-'tudes on me! She's been doing absolutely fantastic for the past few months and is working really well for me, but alas...she's Sour. She has to keep me on my toes, right?
Thankfully I've been completely prepared for this and so I think I handled things really well, and we'll be moving forewards again in no time. Today though, she decided that it was no fun to go at a leisurely trot around the farm, and it would be much preferable to pretend to be a pacer! Every few moments she would start to speed up her trot and I'd have to bring her back down. Again and again and again and again, until realized that it just wasn't going to work. Then she moved on to her next idea- totally by passing the faster trots and trying to go from a jog to a canter! HA. I had hoped that the fact that I never taught her that she even COULD canter with the cart would help, but I suppose I was wrong xD She didn't get more than a stride in each time at a canter though before I'd make her stop, back up, then go forewards at a walk.
So she moves on to her next plan. Well if we can't play racehorse, we'll back up! Well that one was fun. I honestly wasn't sure how to reprimind that one, as she's always been reluctant to back up with the cart (she does it, mind you- she just give my some gawdaweful faces when she does) and suddenly she's nearly trotting...backwards Luckily my trainer was there and after a couple of swats on the butt, nearly running into a brick, and a LOT of kissy-kissy noises, we got that sorted out and I made sure to do plenty of figure eights, backing ON CUE, and slooooow jogging before she was allowed to stop for the day ;)
Crazy mare. Needless to say, we've been demoted and are going back to arena work with the buggy until I'm confident that we aren't going to be doing any more of that backwards stuff. I can easily fix too much speed...but too much speed going backwards? How on earth do you fix that?
So anyways, I'm wondering if any of you have advice for when/if that happens again. What should I do? Did I reprimind her correctly or did I screw it up? Be honest, I can only learn by knowing my mistakes!
Oh, and just for those who don't know yet- Sour is four years old, is SUPER green still (this was our 8th cart ride), yes I do have a trainer, and she does work off of voice commands as well as whip (still working on whip, however...except in this instance, apparently!