OK...I had a dressage clionic today and my horse got tattled on. First a little background for those that haven't heard this a million times already :). I am 5 weeks in to a new horse. I was able to ride for the first 10 days or so and the horse came up with a stone bruise. He was down another 12 days or so for lameness and sensitivity before I got on him again. Then, a couple of days later, he starts tossing his head like mad I mean to the point where he just about knocked me in the face a few times. OK, my first thought was back soreness as I was in the middle of saddle fitting issues but, no reaction when I checked..next thought was teeth. Called the tooth doc and she came down a few days later, but, in the meantime, when I rode and he started flipping his head I would just walk him. Tooth doc comes in and says yep, needs floating. Floating completed..I ride the next day and he is good to go until, about 30 mins befointo the ride when he starts tossing his head again...I think, probably still sore, drop back into the walk and finish with some lateral exercises. The next day, great, no haed flipping but then it was a regualr lesson and we did quite a bit of standing..not much work.
Today, 15 mins into the private clinic lesson and here goes the head..I am thinking teeth again..still sore? Clinician is like, no, attitude and trying to avoid work. He had me do a shoulder in whenever the horse acted up; told me to push the horse forward no matter how much he was bouncing around. Sure enough, my brat finally gave in and quit tossing his head.
I think what is happening is he is testing me again seeing as he had 3 weeks off. I got his number now though..he's cooked :)