Hey all. Sorry if this is long and rambly, but I'm so frustrated... I just got in from the barn, I'd come out today lookin forward to a good ride on my girl. Didn't really turn out how I'd hoped :(
For anyone who doesn't know, she was off for two years due to a pregnancy, and then an abscessed foot that refused to heal quickly. I've been riding her again this spring and she's been doing so good, I've even had her back at gymkhana. I'm hopin to barrel race with her when she's fitted up.
So I was ridin her English today as my western saddle is Locked in the trailer and we can't find the keys. I was only riding her in a small pasture as I am still a little unsteady on an English saddle. As soon as I took her out she refused to go to the end of the pasture opposite where the other horses are. She spun and carried on, sidestepping from one side of the field to the other everytime I would point her away from the other horses. After fighting with her for five minutes or so I pointed her towards the horses and backed her all the way to the end of the field she didn't want to go to an made her stand. I then rode her around a little down there before letting her walk back up, and then asking her to go back to the other end. Again, she absolutely refused to go, actually going as far as rearing up, which she hasnt done in a long time. I rode her through it and circled her around, made her stand, and got off. Then I walked her everywhere she didn't want to go, and then tried to get back on again, an she would not stand for me. I then took her in and unsaddled her, and then lunged her in the round pen for probably 10 minutes at a trot, and then walked her out for another 5-10. I asked for a few things on the ground (lateral flexion, moved her hindquarters around with pressure to her sides) and then jumped back on bareback with a halter and rode her around the round pen, an she was good. Then I just brushed her down and turned her loose.
Wow, that's way longer than I was expecting haha. If you just read all that, your a saint. I know she's very herdbound, and once I can put the new geldings in with the mares I'm putting her in on her own for the summer. But I just don't know how to break her of being so resistant to leaving the others. If I go on a ride with someone else she's an absolute angel. Im attending a Charmayne James clinic with her in a few weeks, and I'm hoping she will be able to help me with her.
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