So today I FINALLY was able to do a real lunging session with Jubilee. Most of the snow is gone now and there was a huge area of dry ground.... yay! I've been riding her very little this winter, and she's got a lot of pent-up energy. I knew she was going to be a little spring-crazy, so I didn't really expect much respect or quick response to cues.
Anyways, she actually did really good, minus a few things. She kept on tossing her head like she wanted to buck, but I took this as her enjoying herself -- the wind was blowing, it was warm and sunny out. So I kind of just let her do this, and get all the willies and sillies out of her. Boy did she have some sillies!! A couple times she tripped, because the ground was a bit uneven and that sent her leaping into a bucking canter. I could tell though that it wasn't bad behaviour, just excitement. I calmly jiggled the line and asked her to trot, which she did. Another time when I changed directions she didn't want to move forward -- she actually turned and faced me and reared! I was NOT happy about that and reprimanded her, faced her butt and pushed her forward.
There was definitely a change in her attitude though from start to finish. She started calming down a lot more and respected me. I was actually very proud of her -- she kept a nice even trot and even extended nicely when I asked.
I was just wondering if any of you have any stories of getting the silly-willies out of your horse? I've decided not to ride until I get out all this excess energy out!
** Oh, and any tips when a horse rears on the lunge line?