Ugh. Maybe it's winter. But my Appy has been very barn sour the last 2 rides. Well, he is fine going out, and he has a history of being barn sour (3 years ago) so we often do exercises or "tests"...like pretend we are heading home...go half way down driveway and turn around. He has been a total JERK the last 2 rides....and I love him with all my heart, but he will lurch/spin to the left to get out of where I am telling him to go. If I try to use a right rein aid, he starts to go up a few inches and then lurches forward and flips me the bird basically. This only happens after our trail ride when I take him past the entrance to go home, or try to turn him around to go back out again. If I make any attempt to turn right with either my leg or rein, he spins left again. Yesterday and today it turned into a huge battle. I do eventually win but I am mad at myself that it takes me so long to nip it in the butt.
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?