Today I had one of the worst rides on Chance in a LONG time! Before today she was w/t/c and jumping with perfect transitions and slowing down right when I asked..... but I gave her a week or more off but was still doing ground work and getting her energy out, so theres no way she was just hyper. When I started riding her again I just did parelli patterns. Today when I wanted to do some real work, she decided to just take off full out bucking. This didnt scare me or anything just ask kept her going afterwards. I know its not the saddle, because I rode her in it the day before and she was fine.
I think its because I was finally telling her how it was going to be done, before I was doing the parelli patterns on a long loose rein and letting her figure it out and just having fun, not really working her and she just took advantage of it all today. Bolting, bucking, pulling, trying to drag me over jumps, not stopping... everything and I kept calm and would ask her to stop or let out some rein and let her do what she wanted [as in the pace of each gait] and she would be fine, nice low head. If it was the saddle she would show pain either way. Correct?? I checked her back and she never flinched.
I don't want to blame it on parelli so much because I love the ground work and always have fun with that, but everytime I try and go back to parelli undersaddle my horse goes back like 10 steps! Its RIDICULOUS! I only went back to it this time because about 6 people kept saying how I was riding her "the normal way" It was horrible and wrong, and I let it get to me, well IDC anymore I want the horse I! trained back! Not this dominate little B****.
I don't need a certin type of program to keep my horse happy. Theres NO way im going to sit here and listen to people who do parelli say its my fault, because I did nothing different but take a little more leadership of the situation. She's a lot of horse in a small package and I can't let her get away with what she did today, parelli or not.
NOTE: for those who are wanting to try Parelli, DO IT! Its the best form of ground work IMO, just be careful if you have young/dominate horses when it comes to the riding. But it has taught me a lot about reading horses and working WITH the horse not against, and that's what im going to take away from it w/ all the horses I work with. Ground work part is staying with me.
I have a video to "prove" that she can w/t/c and jump calmly when ridden the "normal way" and you can clearly see theres no "forcing". -.- To parelli it seems like if its not exactly their way its wrong and forcing the horse. Sure theres some ear pinning in the video because it was at least an hour into teh ride and I wanted to get video so I pushed her a bit more and she was done in her head so she got a little fussy. But never once refused to do what I asked.