On June 29 There was a St. Judes ride. My mom and I both when on the 14 mile trail. It was beautiful.
Brisco has become my mane horse now - just so you know.
Well I can understand why he didn't want to be left behind or be separated form the other horses, but when we were almost done with the trail the horse went faster up the hill and my mom was behind me, trying to help her horse know that the water wasn't Godzilla.
Well as soon as the horses were out of his sight he started acting up. I was trying to stay with my mom because if Brisco left her horse's - Chocky- sight then he would act up and might buck or something. (He bucked one of our foreign exchange students off!) But Chocky is still green and still needs some work on riding away from the horses.
Anyways - I was trying to make him hold still or at least walk back towards my mom. Brisco just kept turning in circles, whinnying, and trying to go forward to catch up with the other horses. Brisco has never done this before - so I was wondering if maybe he was just nervous form a new trail and the horses leaving or if he was just being a pain and wanted his buddy's back. None of the horses he knew and we didn't know anyone there.
2.) After the trial ride, I let him cool down and then offered him water. He wouldn't take it. He worked himself harder than he needed too also - he was just drenched in sweat. My mom walked over to talk to someone with Chocky. I got down and tried letting Brisco know there was actually water there. He didn't take any. I got on him again and asked him forward towards my mom. He took a step with his front leg, then one with his hind. His hind right left like it almost gave in when he stepped on it. I let him rest a little more and asked him forward again. Again the same thing happened. I got off and checked his feet and nothing was there. Nothing on his leg was hurting when I touched it or picked it up. Do you think he was just tired or did he just work himself too hard and maybe pulled something?? I got off and led him and he walked like a snail. He did very good none-the-less and didn't freak out very many times, so I let him take his time walking.
So basically here are my questions:
1.) Was he nervous? Anxious? Something else maybe?
2.) was it because he was tired? Pulled something?
I checked on him the day after and he seemed pretty ok. Just his normal self. I didn't ride him though. I am most likely riding tomorrow.