I was wondering if anyone has ever worked their horse too hard and then experienced behavior issues?
I went on a 1.5 hour trail ride, which was at a decent incline. We did some loping and it's been a while since my boy has loped much. After we returned and cooled down, I was invited to go on a 1 hr walk on the trail. Being that I can't do trails alone yet, I try to take whatever opportunities I can to ride with a partner.
This trip was not very good. He wanted to go home so bad and he reared several times. We were walking at a slow pace, but he was just so aggravated about going out again. Once the trail turned back towards home, he was fine (but very tired).
I feel like it was a mistake to take him out again. The girl I rode with said that he needs to learn that when it's time to go back to work, then he must work. I agree to a point, but I wonder if I just made him too sore. We didn't lope for more than a few minutes off and on, but it was still more than he's done in a while.
Do behavior issues arise when you push too hard?