Yesterday I went to our annual rodeo. It was the youth day. I was riding Blu double with my friend and he was doing fantastic. Nice and calm with all the other horses around. I was happy.
Well, later in the day he started acting up. Throwing his head, prancing around, etc. A friend from out of town kept asking to ride him and I repeatedly said no. He got on Boo anyways. I told him to stay close to me because Blu was being unpredictable. He didn't. I was standing on the racetrack with my other friends. He rode Blu into the track on the outside of the arena. (arena is inside track)
After awhile, I got paranoid and went to find Blu and my friend, AJ. Out of nowhere Blu takes off with AJ. AJ isn't a rider so he didn't know what to do....even though I told him a million times!!!!! Blu ran at least a quarter mile and went into the street. AJ managed to stop him and get off. I rode Blu back to the track and he took off on me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He would not stop for anything. That's when I got desperate and started pulling his head to the side for a one rein stop. Nothing. He would almost rear up and do a 180 turn the other way so I was doing some crazy serpentine. He was out of control. He stopped when he hit the track fence, a thick bar to his chest. I almost flew over him.
I decided to walk him home. My friend I came with wanted to stay. She said I would be fine. On the way home Blu continued to get aggitated. Throwing his head, prancing, crowhopping. So I got off. Then he was walking on me and nipping me.
I was so frusterated it brought me to tears. This is by far the WORST Boo has ever acted. I'm not sure what to do. Matt, guy who is helping me, suggested I switch to a dog bone snaffle time with short shanks. I told him I can't count how many bits I've tried but we'll see.
Mom is afraid I am going to get hurt more than emotionally. I'm going to ride at the rodeo again today. Pray for us.....