08-14-2012, 03:37 PM
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I hurt terribly physically and become short tempered (because I'm not feeling well) when I am on my period every month, and for a long time I would just drug myself on midol and go out to work the horses anyways, thinking it would work out. My mare is a lot like how your gelding sounds though- extremely sensative to your emotional conditions- and I ALWAYS ended up having absolutely no fun and making my mare very upset and jittery. She takes her confidence from me in situations and expects me as a leader to be capable of control the situation calmly and efficiently, no matter what is happening. I have to be able to realize when she is incapable of and needed to be taught something, and I need to realize when she's actually just being a horse and evading work. If I cannot do this and I am only reacting without thinking about her emotional state and mind, then I need to step back and stay away from her until I have cooled off, returned to a calm state of mind, and can work again as her calm and collected leader. I suggest that you do the same.
If you feel like you absolutely must be around your horse during your period, I would suggest a quiet hack on the trails or a bit of long and low work over poles at a walk and trot. Have a grooming session, spend some quality time with him. Don't do anything that you would normally have problems with even when feeling good- as it will never work out. You might even talk to a friend or even staff if you're at a boarding facility who will be near you while you're working, and ask them to be your accountibility partner. Simply as them to remove you from the situation or remind you to be patient if they feel like you are being unfair to your horse.