Well my Mom really wants to ride when it's cool. I don't mind doing that, but Selena gets really nervous when it's cooler and we have a lot of animals (Deer mostly, but I know we have lions and bears around here too. I've actually seen a couple when I've been out driving and once when I was out on Rebel, the experienced trail horse) and plus the mosquitos come out with a vengeance at this time of night and really aggravates Selena.
Well I feel bad because Rebel (Who my Mom rides) is fine with all this. He just goes around, does whatever, unbothered because he's got a ton of miles and experience. But Selena is another story. The past couple rides I had had to get off and walk because I haven't felt safe on her. It's not fun for me...She is fine during the day, but not perfect, and I really want to put a lot of miles on her during the daylight without all that extra stimuli before we start riding around dusk. And if we have to go out at dusk, I really want to go on trails she is familiar with...But I get talked into bushwacking and exploring most of the time.
I kinda mentioned it to my Mom before, but she brushed me off. I feel bad because I don't want to ruin her ride because she seems to really be enjoying Rebel which makes me happy since I don't have a lot of time for him these days, but I'm scared of my own horse. From her past behavior, I'm worried that she's going to revert back to that if she gets scared enough and get me or herself hurt.
Do you guys think I'm overreacting? I'm a little more emotional than normal right now too...Which, I feel like it might be effecting how I feel too. I am confident I can handle Selena if she is just feeling strong, but I don't want to put extra stress on either of us if it can be avoided...
I guess I just had to voice my concerns. We're supposed to be going out again tonight...I'm going to ask her if we can just stay on familiar trails.