Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
Is he sore?
I just started riding my lease owner's horses [they're dolls by the way] and the first ride I had on her paint was a bit rough. Granted, it was with a bit of trial and error in regards to testing a new tack piece and both rider and horse being new to each other, and the paint being out after some time.
When we rode him in the haltermore, he kept eating grass because there's a hay shortage from the drought, and the horses aren't getting a lot of hay and they are in a dirt pasture currently. Well, I had to get on him with my leg a couple times, the second ending up with me falling because he bolted, and caught me off guard. Change of tack and everything was dandy.
Now, I bring him out again a couple days later, and curry him, and at first he seemed to be tensing against the curry, so I lightened up. Seemed better after. Switch to the other side [the left], and start currying and in some spots, he reaaaaaaally loved it, and didn't seem to tense as I went and curried the other side. However, towards the back end of his barrel, he seemed agitated. He would pick up his left foot and stomp it into the ground, and swish his tail. This was when I was brushing him with a stiff brush after a curry. As we rode, he would always bend away from thetreeline as his left side was facing it. He did that thefirst time I rode him, too, but never really did it on hiss right.
As we walked out, I had to keep using leg to encourage him to move because otherwise, he'd just painfully crawl when I wanted a nice actual walk, and he turned around and put his nose to my foot. I allowed him to move his head because I thought he was itchy, but didn't expect him to go to my foot. He didn't bite or anything, but it was enough that I reprimanded him anyway whether or not it was his intention to bite [the bit I think blocked it if it was the case].
I wonder if the first time I rode him, I may have made that spot tender? His owner said he listens well to leg and sometimes needs a bit of kicking to get into a canter when he feels lazy, but, the spot that I got on him the first time I rode was his right... I dunno, I ran my hands on the spot and around his back and I got no soreness reactions out of him. Only when using the brush and curry.