I had one of the worst days at work yesterday so I was pretty excited to ride. I talked to the BO for a little bit and she said that April had been running around the arena all morning so she may be a little tired. So I did my normal routine, and at the walk and trot she was beautiful, very soft at the bit, was flexing nice, had her head down low…it was awesome; then I asked her to lope…
She fought me a bit to get her into the lope, then she fought me to get her collected, when she isn’t collected she wont but her head at the vertical. So I put her in draw lines.
I haven’t had to use draw lines for a couple months, I usually can get her to do it with some softening techniques and then we are fine. I put the lines on and did the walk, trot, some flexing, not a big deal. I pulled her up to get her collected and then kissed for her to lope… instantly she pinned her ears back and slammed on the brakes. I asked again with a little leg this time… she kicked out!!!! I asked again with more leg… she tried bucking on me!!!
So I ended up working her with long trotting and circles, this way and that way… trying to make it MORE work to act up then just to do it. I asked for the left lead and she jumped right into it… once she got into it her ears were forward and she was fine. So then we turned around and I asked for the right lead… same crap again!!! (she kicked one the arena boards which scared her too ) So I worked her through it and it wasn’t a big deal.
I don’t think she is sore or anything (I lunged her before I rode and then when I was done I felt around her back and legs…no heating or anything) and she had a few days off so she isn’t overworked by any means… I think she was just being a mare (she was in heat the beginning of the week) and the temp has drastically dropped this week. It was almost 90 degrees on Monday and last night it was 63 degrees when I rode. I don't think she wanted the draw reins either... she knows that they are more work then just reins.
Anyhows sorry this was long…it is more of a rant then anything. Tonight she gets her feet trimmed so Im going to do some round pen work before he comes out. I still love her though…