Katesrider- haha! We're getting ready to move so that's why I have all this work. You're lucky that you get payed for it though lol!
RockandRide- well I was so happy at the beginning of the day! I mean I got to go to the barn, I went to find that my work was done for me, one of the new horses came right up to me (the one that doesn't come up to anyone), the other new horse was being such a sweetheart, Sage (the 11hh pony) was lying down and sleeping and looked SOO cute, there were 2 people to chat with while I did my work, after my work I took Cheyenne out and she stood there like a charmer and hardly moved at all for me, she even lifted up her hooves without a fuss, her owner let me help her with the colt, and then things started getting a bit annoying.
Cheyenne lost SO much of her winter coat that I could've slept there on the ground and I wouldn't have known that it was pavement under all the hair (I couldn't even get it all in one picture! I did get some pics of it though) and it just wouldn't stop coming out so I spent more than an hour just grooming her. Then my mom came to see if I needed more time or if I was done with my ride and I wasn't and then Cheyenne's owner fed the horses while I was on my ride.
Well Cheyenne,the stubborn pony she is, saw that all the other horses were being fed while she was being worked. So she decided that she wasn't going to do anything for me. So I walked her around to warm her up and then collected her head and asked her for a trot. No response. Again. Nope. I used the crop. All she did was stomp her back foot in a warning that if I kept pushing her then she'd buck. Now something that you should know about Cheyenne's owner before I continue is that she's not extremely harsh to the horses, but she believes in respect so if one of the horses refuse to behave for her she gives them a smack and then continues until they do what she wants them to. This may seem really harsh, but don't judge her. She's really good to her horses and she knows to listen to them. She'll only smack them and stuff if they are being really stubborn and unreasonable.
Anyways, Cheyenne was being really stubborn and unreasonable. Her owner saw that I was having trouble so she said "Jess, sit deep, tell her to get her butt moving and give her a smack" so I did, and Cheyenne decided that that wasn't good enough. So I did it again and she through her head up and lifted her back hoof as if saying 'this is your last warning kid' and I didn't care if she bucked so I did it again and of course she bucked. She did a few steps of trot and then stopped and knocked me off balance. I hit her again and kicked and clicked my tounge and she just through her head and tried to get the reins from my hands.
By that time I was getting SOO sick of her doing this. She'd done it 3 times before so I was kinda used to it. I feel really bad after how much I hit her when she does this cuz all she wants to do is eat, but still. She can eat after she respects me right? I'm not just going to sit there like a little kid and let her be the boss of me.
So anyways I start yelling at her. That always gets her attention. I'd scream at her "Get going!!!" and I kick her and say "sssssssssssss!" like they do to get her going for games and then I hit her again with the crop and she bucks again.
So I continue yelling at her "Get going Cheyenne! GO!!! Just trot!!" and after she does nothing the yelling gets worse and worse (her owner had left for inside the house after she gave me instructions because she knew that if Cheyenne kept behaving like that then I'd wanna be alone so that I can yell and cry. She knows that I never wanna be seen doing that.) and I start saying "Stop being an idiot and start behaving, Cheyenne!! Don't be such a brat!!" and then eventually I start getting her trotting and I relax a little bit but her trot is so uneaven like she's trying to get me annoyed so that i'll get off and let her eat but I push her into a canter and she bucks, throws her head down and canters on the wrong lead so I bring her down to a trot and canter again and then it's okay so I let her go for a while 1 lap, 2 laps, 3 laps, and then I bring her into a trot and try to get her head. But noooo.
She stops suddonly and knocks me off balance (I hadn't been in an english saddle for a while so that's why I'm losing my balance so much) and so I let her stop and try to get her head because her neck was so straight and I didn't have as much control over her and my arms were straight out so I wasn't riding well so yeah I got her head but whenever I got her to move she'd throw it back up again. So I decided that I'd work on that later after I get her to listen to me.
so I walk her out a bit and I try to get her trotting again after a while. But of course she doesn't want to so the whole process repeated. Eventually I got SO sick of it that I started crying and grumbling stuff like "I hate this. Why does she have to act this way to me. Why is she being so stupid? I wish she'd just stop. I could be doing other stuff right now; I could be reading or listening to music peacfully or I could be on horseforum. I don't want to ride this horse right now. I love her, but if she's not going to pay attention to me then I might as well be doing something else. What am I saying? I love riding. Just this horse is making me so angry right now. Think of a plan. What happened last time she did this? Great last time she through a buck and then was great the rest of the ride so I rewarded her by getting off and letting her eat. That's what I'll do."
So now that I was more relaxed then I tried getting her going without yelling at her, but using calm words and stuff instead. But that was really hard since while I was saying things nicely she was throwing her head up and down and stomping her hooves and her ears were back. Eventually I kicked her and tapped her with the crop and she got moving a little bit.
But then she started being mean again and so I got mad again and the whole process of the bucking went all over again. whenever she did a trot and a canter I'd let her go back down to a walk and let her stretch her neck to reward her. Eventually she realized that all she had to do was do what i said and then she decided to do it without a fuss. Once she did it without driving me insane I got off her and let her go eat.
So yeah. That's how my ride went. Pretty bad eh? Now I feel so ashamed for hitting her so much and calling her an idiot and a brat. I did the right thing though right? I mean with the rewarding?
Please don't start judging me and her owner for all the hitting I did and what I called her. I got SOO mad!! I don't have as much self-control as it might seem I guess.
Last edited by Cheyennes mom; 03-23-2011 at 02:02 PM.