. Amazing how each day is different with horses.
So true! Last week it was 100 degrees so there wasn't any riding. Today it was 84 and breezy. The only thing that got me through the long work day was the thought of riding this evening.
I get out to the farm and my girl comes to the gate as always. I lead her over to the hitching post and dropped the lead rope to let her graze while I gathered my tack. The minute I turn my back, she takes off running back toward her pasture. But instead of going to her pasture, she goes to a smaller paddock two fields down from hers and she stops at the fence in front of an older mustang named PC. PC is a mare that used to be in the field with her but they didn't get along. Isabella was terrified of her so the BO moved the mustang. This move happened 2 months ago and Isabella has been happy ever since.
She has her head over the fence and is nuzzling PC. What????
I lead her back to the hitching post and tie her this time. She was so badly behaved. She kept pawing at the ground and swinging her butt toward me as I was trying to groom her. She kept rubbing up against me. I kept shoving her away from me and after the 3rd time of swinging her butt toward me, I decided she needed a good old fashioned come to Jesus meeting.
We headed for the round pen and she resisted..planting all 4 feet and refusing to move. Who is this horse???
So, I got her feet moving by disengaging her hind quarters and backing up and all that good stuff. We made it to the round pen, I took off her halter, threw up my hands and my horse took off like a race horse, running around that circle like a crazy horse...in both directions. After about 3 minutes of non stop running, she calmed own and slowly walked into the middle of the pen toward me with her head down.
I rubbed her head, put her halter on, and walked back to the hitching post. I groomed her and tacked her up with no further problems.
6 months ago I would have put her away after all of that. Today, I decided to ride anyway.
She was her amazing self in the arena. We w/t/c in both directions. We did some barrels. I worked on slowing down her canter. It was great.
After I untacked her and untied her, she immediately ran back to the older mustang mare. I stood there, totally perplexed. What is going on with my horse?
Then I noticed her lift her tail and she winked.
My horse is in heat.
And obviously has a "thing" for another mare!
And I figured out that her turning her butt toward me was not an aggressive move. She was rubbing against me because she is a hussy!
I have had Isabella for 1.5 years and have only seen her like this once before. Most of her heat cycles are silent. You would never know she was in heat. This month must be different for some reason.
When I led her away from the mustang, I kept asking her what she thought she could do for her? I was laughing so hard.
Poor girl is frustrated.
I still have no idea why she has focused on her old pasture mate that she hated.
And I have to say that despite her crazy mare behavior today, it was a victory for us because I handled her misbehavior without being intimidated and she was an angel under saddle despite her raging hormones!
We are doing a freestyle clinic on Saturday! Hope her hormones settle by then!