Bonnie was a little off, even though we were on very familiar trails. 3 times she got to places on the trail and refused to move forward. The first time I just figured that she saw, heard, or smelled something that wasn't right. No matter how much encouragement I gave her, she wouldn't go. Finally, my regular riding partner, Jim, went in front and Bonnie reluctantly followed. This happened twice more, and no matter how much leg, heel, or stick I gave her, she wasn't going to go first. I've never had this with her before. She is usually the lead horse but Sunday she was more content to being second in line.
Another thing that was off was that I had a hard time moving her into a trot. She was just plain stubborn about that as well. There was no ear pinning, tail swishing, or any other signal of discomfort. This was absolutely the first time I could say that it was a ride that I would just as soon forget.
The only thing that was different was the fact that I had a different farrier. 2 days before the ride my regular guy got hurt and I wasn't going to miss a ride for another week. The farrier I used is good and I've used him many times before (but not on Bonnie who can be difficult), so I don't think that was the problem. One other thing that I just thought of is that on the way home, she was moving around in the trailer so much so that it became a little hairy on the highway (loose in a 14' stock trailer as always).
This may be nothing more then her needing a tune up but she is a 15 year old, been there done that horse. This was totally out of character for her.