Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Horses: 0
Thank you all! I really appreciate your replies. Reading your answers helped me analyze the situation more and made me come to some conclusions. The time when this bahaviour began being more noticeable roughly coincides with the moment when I bought her and began riding her more often, which leads me to believe that it might have to do with boredom or having become somewhat tired of going to the ring everyday. Prior to my buying her I had been the only person riding her, and my trainer, occasionally, because I was leasing her. Now I am the only one who rides her, together with my trainer, again, occasionally. Painthorsemare: As for how she trots and canter after pinning her ears back, she sometimes tosses her head up, or looks at me, it is then that I try to correct her, sometimes only with my voice. Getting her to canter when she is in that mood is sometimes not easy, she will bring her head up, cutting impulsion, then we get into a vicious circle: me trying to force her, she getting more angry, etc....
I have been going to just 'visit' her, so that she does not associate me with going to the ring, and I have also been going trail riding, where she behaves wonderfully. She relaxes and seems to enjoy the ride. As for grooming, I always take her for walks, not riding her, so that she can eat and I can just be with her. I began doing some clicker training with her, to see if that helps. I agree that if it is that she has become sour, hitting her will only make it worse. Today we just went for a short trail ride and then I groomed her and massaged her back, and then we just stayed in the grass together enjoying the beautiful, and, unusually, warm weather (considering it's winter here). She seemed to enjoy it and I looooooved connecting with her like that again! I'll keep you posted!