Today we started our ride with some groundwork. He was an angel. Very respectful. We headed out to go down the dirt road and I was very determined to keep his straight and forward. No problem. He rode out beautifully. When we reached furthest point he got a nice break and rest. The ride had gone so well maybe I should have just gone home, but I tried to test him again, and low and behold he did it again. I fixed it quicker but it got ugly again. Ended nicely - when I asked him to go back down the drive one last time to head out he walked nicely - he got my message, and behaved at the end, but I was still so mad at him.
I am just venting and perhaps I shouldn't be "testing him". Perhaps it is bringing back old memories. But I don't like that he is NOT going where I ask him to go.
Do your horses ever just have bad days or act up? We haven't had too terrible of a winter. It is cold but the ground thaws almost daily. He has good turnout but is perhaps getting a bit too much alfalfa matched with how little he is being worked. I sort of remember him acting up this time of year last year and we cut his alfalfa back. (we currently ride 20-30 min. Trail rides or flatwork few times a week, and one lesson weekly which lately has been walk only due to footing - and lots of work on just me on his back - like yoga on horseback!) I haven't been able to trailer him anywhere because my trailer is plowed in a bit.
I always try to remember they have good days and bad....like us and I try to put the bad days and rides behind me. Do you ever run into this with your horses?