I had to go two weeks without riding my horse G-Man. During tht two weeks he was let out of his stall very little. We have had a lot of rain, snow and ice.
We had a break in the weather this weekend, so I took him on a trail ride riding with my husband and a couple of other friends. I could tell right off he was full of energy and I warned everyone that we needed to start the ride out slow which means 8-10 miles a hour for this group. A couple of times when I was holding him back he crow hopped a little.
I didn't think it was that bad, compared to when I first got him. He is a young horse and he needed more exercise than he had been getting. My husband said to quit making excuses for him and made me change horses with him. He rode him the rest of the trail ride.
I had been planning on riding him to the field trial that is coming up this next weekend. I had thought he was going to be ready but now my husband will not let me take him. He said he is not ready. My husband is judging the field trials so he won't be able to help me out. For those who don't know about field trials you have to keep your horse behind the judges horses. You go at a fast pace keeping up with the dogs that are hunting for birds. I have a hurt wrist so my husband said that I am not going to be able to take him to this field trial. I am really disappointed.
I have to keep reminding myself that I am having to retrain a horse that has been trained to be up front or first.
I have two other horses that I can take that are really nice. I just thought that I had gotten G-Man through all this wanting to be first.
The last few rides that I rode him on he didn't care what postion he was in or how fast or how far ahead the other horses were.
I am off tomorrow so I plan on riding him again. I hope he does better. I am riding with a larger group, I am going to ride him about 30 min. Before the others get there to see if that makes a difference.
Wish me luck,