Interesting day at my show :/

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    07-19-2010, 12:23 AM
Interesting day at my show :/

My filly is two years old and is fantastic under saddle so far. I've shown her twice before, but state fair is right around the corner and I was trying to fit shows in this weekend and next weekend. I was supposed to show today but a couple things rudely interrupted haha.
I longed Tegan because she'd been in her stall on the grounds all morning and had her fair share of grain. She was fine on the line, so I tacked her up and hopped on to ride. Her jog was really uneven and she wasn't paying attention to me, so I told my boyfriend to close the gate to the warm up arena (where I was riding) and I asked her to lope. We got about half way around when she dead stopped and started bunny hopping. She doesn't buck (I'm not quite sure she knows how to with someone on her back haha), but she will bunny hop on the longe line. She's NEVER done this before when I've been on her. Anyways, she was hopping straight up in the air and reared straight up, came down and hopped again. At that point, I'd lost both stirrups, one of my reins, and was holding on with my thighs. She reared a last time and came down. I looked at my boyfriend and we both laughed for a split second, and she went off into a hopping fit again.
I realized that with one rein and no stirrups that I needed to bail. I wrapped my arms around her neck and rolled off and landed on my lower back (Im' fine, no worries :) it was probably the least worst fall I've had in my lifetime). She just stood there next to me though and looked at me like I was crazy or something.
We put her on the longe and ran the snot out of her. I would have gotten on had there not been severe thunder and slight lightening overhead. She can sense storms and doesn't like them, and I think that had a lot to do with her spunk today. The storm really moved in while we were longing and we brought her back to the stall. We waited around for about a half hour, but the rain had flooded the arena and they cancelled the show.
I'm kind of bummed. I really wanted to show today, she's been doing so good at home. Oh well :/
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    07-19-2010, 01:03 AM
I'm sorry you had a bad time, but you're filly is only 2 :(
Give her time to grow up and get used to everything, she's still a growing baby.

I don't even back mine til they're 3 and then it's slow, easy work til they're 4.
    07-19-2010, 10:26 AM
Yeah I never forget that she's only two. I show APHA and I don't push her at all. I've ridden her daily for two months and not once has she turned up lame or given me any signs that her joints or legs were hurting her. It's just very unlike her to act the way she did yesterday. I'll have to post a video for people to see her on a normal day. She's pretty mature for two years old. But thank you :)
    07-19-2010, 11:19 AM
Hmm, you said it was severely storming and that's why you didn't get back on?

Maybe while you were riding she sensed the storm approaching and that's why she was acting so strangely? I know sometimes if there's a storm approaching my horse has a ton of trouble paying attention to me and has a tendency to act up.
    07-19-2010, 02:59 PM
Yeah, she normally does act up when a storm is about to roll through. I probably shouldn't have gotten on while she was beginning to throw a fit on the longe line, but our class was coming up so I had to get her energy out a little.
And yes, I didn't get back on because a few minutes after I jumped off it thundered. Had it been a pretty, sunny day I would have been back on it a heartbeat haha. She was her perfect, normal self today though.
    07-19-2010, 03:05 PM
Glad you are both OK.

Originally Posted by thejessiefox    
I don't push her at all.
Originally Posted by thejessiefox    
I've ridden her daily for two months and not once has she turned up lame or given me any signs that her joints or legs were hurting her.
In my opinion these two thoughts contradict each other.
    07-19-2010, 03:48 PM
Please don't show/ride a 2 year old :( She isn't done growing yet and you are doing neither of you any good ...
    07-19-2010, 06:41 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Glad you are both OK.

In my opinion these two thoughts contradict each other.

They would contradict each other if I rode her daily for four hours. I ride her daily for about a half hour to 45 minutes.
    07-19-2010, 06:47 PM
Originally Posted by kchfuller    
Please don't show/ride a 2 year old :( She isn't done growing yet and you are doing neither of you any good ...
Would you like to see photos of her knees or x-rays of her joints? I show APHA. My filly is worth too much for me to ruin. It's not like I don't know what I am doing; I don't ride her hard and she's been checked several times by a vet and she is fine. Her knees are closed. Maturity wise, she's by far the best two year old I have worked with. I am not doing any damage to her by riding a half hour six or seven days a week, mostly jogging. It's not like I am loping her and pushing her into things four two or three hours each day. Trust me, I've seen those types of trainers and I've seen the outcome.
    07-19-2010, 06:48 PM
I know we're all entitled to our own opinions and such. I know this is a controversial topic and I never meant for my little rant to turn into being slightly bashed for my decision to train and show a two year old.

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