Well, my idyllic, peaceful Sunday morning on the ranch almost turned into a rodeo. Journey decided, for the first time ever, that she wasn't moseying in from the pasture to the barn with me.
First off, I arrived later than planned, about 2 hours after breakfast and morning turnout, but still the first of the boarders to get there. She and her buddies were wayyyyyy back in the far corner of the field munching some nice new grass. She happily allowed me to lead her all the way back to within sight of the barn and then got this look in her eye when we hit a muddy patch heading down the hill. "Hey, all my buddies are back there munching, and I might be going to work!"
She let out a short whinny and pulled away from me! I was on a slick spot and just about went down. So mad!!!! I calmed down, retrieved her, but there was no way she was going down the steep slick spot. Never mind that we'd done it a gazillion times before. In the mean time, all the other horses had heard her little whinny and came tearing up to us. I decided to swing my lead a couple of times to see if they'd go on down to the barn, Journey following. Not. They all stopped at the top of the hill and looked at me.
I calmed down and went back down to the barn to shake a grain bucket. Nada. They all just stood there and kept looking. Next I doffed my jacket and headed back up the hill. By then she was saying, "Catch me if you can", so I drove her away from the barn. She stopped about halfway back to the far corner and looked back with her quizzical look, and I clicked on the lead.
I then led her AWAY, around the long way where we circumvent a big ridge area, and made a huge loop to the lower field, and back to the barn, with a couple of lunge sessions along the way. Needless to say, she was shocked, and I was pooped.
Now, to get ready to ride!
I was there until 4:00. Good day, once we got to the barn! Lunged, groomed, rode, cleaned and sorted some tack and stuff. I'm hurting all over tonight. This neck definitely needs a heating pad tonight. Hope I'm up to the huge day at work tomorrow.
What can I say? She's a mare, she was feelin' good, she's been in and out of heat 3 times in this wacky Feb/Mar weather we've had. Still, I won, and ended up having a good time! I was indeed the leader, after all that fuss!