-I have to say, the funniest moment I've had this year was my first and only trail on the horse I was (suppose to be) training. Before she got sold our barn scheduled a nice Sunday trail ride with the leasers that were left and the owner. So, I was only aware it was the two other leasers, barn owner, and myself. Well..Barn owner brought her friend along. I don't want to sound rude/condescending/etc, but she really sucks at riding...Welp, she got on Lucky since I was already all saddled and warming Fancy up. For trails Fancy was an anybody horse, perfect. It was just everything that wasn't a simple trail ride I was working with her on (apparently she had a bronc habit). Lucky has a tendency to be really hyper/high-strung and is a known kicker (yet she never kicks with me unless there's something obviously wrong). So, the whole trail ride she was basically hanging on Lucky's face while giving her cues to speed up with her legs behind me and Fancy actually ended up kicking her in the mouth (no injuries, thank God). After we're about half way back (went for about a 2 and a half hour ride?), our line-up somehow changed and I got behind Lucky. Lucky kept stopping and going because of her rider's confusingness, and Fancy was following about 6" behind? I go to fix my shirt (dropped the reins) and Fancy ended up only about a foot behind Lucky. Lucky ended up bucking (what most of her kicks were unless at a show) and her rider almost fell off. She's laughing, blah blah blah. Whatever, I thought it was ironic she couldn't handle Lucky, but was trying to tell me how to train this 5 yr old. But, we ended up at the bottom trail along the neighbour's hay field and BO forgot there was a substantially sized tree down and we didn't take the new trail around it. BO almost flew off when Illu jumped it from a walk, Lucky's rider almost smashed her face into Lucky's neck when she hopped her front end over, and then her back, and I'm under the impression that Fancy would walk over it and just hop her back end over. I smacked my crotch off the horn and almost fell sideways when Fancy decided that after her one leg was over that it was just too difficult to walk over it and did a really awkward, and really uncomfortable sort of jump over it. And I have to think, still, that she caught at least one of her back legs on the tree, lol. So, the two younger girls went around it fine, and the oldest of our group (BO, her friend, and I) all almost crashed and burned, haha. I thought it was really funny..but I'm not sure if any other person thinks it was. :p
-Most surprising...I have to say, it was probably this last friday at a show, lol. Lucky went from an angel, to a possessed demon-spawn and tried to take out anything and everything there.. :/ We went from nice figure-8s, circles, stops, calmness, and listening perfectly to kicking at everyone, dropping her shoulder during our canter circle (which caused me to land on the horn .-. ), and kicking at Walls, cars, trucks, trailers, people, other horses, nothing, etc and almost rearing on two occasions. I have never seen or had her act like that..I was embarrassed! But, we got our best barrels, poles, and arena race/down and back times together. For how she was acting, I was extremely surprised.
Biggest Break Through:
-Lucky rarely kicking. She use to kick at every horse within a mile radius, and every single gate you took her through. Aside from Friday's show, she's kicked once in the 5-6 months I've been leasing her.
The "I Know I'm Loved" Moment:
-Like most horses I've met, Lucky's not the most affectionate. I think it was the end of last month she actually walked up to me in the field to catch her. Normally she just stands there and waits for me to get to her and halter her, but she actually started walking towards me once I got about halfway to her.(:
Biggest Setback/Bad Day:
-My first show on Lucky. (since I don't want to re-use my "surprise!" moment lol). I signed up for exhibition barrels (after thinking better of not lol) and did great going through the gate (only little bucks, no actual kicks) and our take off was good. And then..it went to the crapper. I did my circle and took off for my first barrel (was actually a really good barrel, considering) and realised that I was slightly misled when I was told she did it herself. Well, my saddle was an old roper (with the really low cantles..for tie-down roping I believe?) and I would have to hold the horn during take-offs (and coming out of a pocket). So, I went to use leg aids, because I couldn't switch my rein hand confidently (her canter/gallop is a little rough), and I didn't realise that Lucky was actually push-button. So, we were too far out, and I used my leg, and then got off balance a bit. Lucky was positioned right towards the barrel, and being the self-preserving mare she is, she ducked out to the left (wrong direction for my second barrel D:) and so I didn't go with her..I even have a picture of my splayed out on the ground. :p I ended up setting the mark for the rest of the falls that day at the show. I think 8 other people fell off, and the second barrel was the most knocked (I think only one person knocked the first [guy had a green colt..think it was it's first show]). I was a little nervous to run Lucky again (gave me another exhibition too). I had no issues getting on her again, but I was unsure about running her. I ended up running her in the rest of my classes without falling or knocking anything, even though I completely ruined poles lol) and got my slowest ever time on barrels (including my training rides on a draft cross), a 28 on a 15 second (winning time..so about 16 average?) pattern..The next show I was still extremely worried about falling and got a 24 ;;
Happiest Moment of the Whole Year:
-My exhibition barrel run from Friday. Lost my stirrup coming off my first barrel and finished the pattern with what I guessed to be about a 20 second run. All I needed was a saddle that had an actual cantle, haha.
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