She overreached and sliced open the back of her foot. She ran a smokin' biwrangle (Fastest she's ever done) and when she came out she was limping and there was blood all over her front hoof, and then on the tip of her back hooves. She wasn't limping on monday anymore but I haven't been back down to check on her. I don't think it's going to put her out for long but it's going to have to heal fully before I ride her again just in case she overreaches a second time, and the bells will rub the wound...
I just have to walk away in these situations... Walk far away...
I've been through it with Hickory more times than I can count.. He has no health problems what so ever, is scared of nothing but a grocery bag, but when he gets it in his head that he's not going to work well I may as well just give up. 95% of the time he rides great, of course with minor Hickory pissiness..that 5%.. It is hell.. I get mad, he gets mad..He tries to throw me, I stay on, make him work..It's a show. He's had me so mad before that I had to just get off of him and literally tie his head so close to a post he couldn't even look around and just walk away.. Let him stand there for an hour or so then get back on and try again.. If he does it again, he gets to stand tied again.. This process has gone on for HOURS a few times but once he decides to act like he has any sense he's back to his old self... I get to the seeing red point and I'll blink out in a fit of rage.. I don't take it out on the horses but I will get off, cuss, throw stuff, tell Hickory how exactly he will be turned into dog food in a slow dying process, complete with evil glares.. Holly knows if she comes over to the horses and sees Hickory tied and me sitting cross legged on the ground not to even speak to me..
Hopefully it'll all work out for ya SH..Patience little grasshopper lol
When patience is hard to come by..find a hammer start fixing things around the barn..
The moment he pulled back I would have grabbed anything close to hand and walloped him on his backside hard.
I would then have untied him given him a good chase around in a small circle until he thought I was the devil himself.
He would have forgotten all about Selena because he would be worried about blinking without my permission.
As for riding him then wet or not - and neither you nor him are made of sugar so you will not melt - I would have worked him into the ground. Forget about softening at the poll, forget about getting him to work sensibly, work him hard at a trot and canter until he is ready to listen.
It is no good thinking that he will focus as he gets older - even if he were a yearling I would insist that he focuses on me when I am doing anything to him.
I completely know the feeling, having one of 'those' days.. I ride one of my coach's mares and some days she's perfect, and the next day you basically want to pound her face in because she knows she can be good (she's 8)! I don't even know how I haven't fallen off of her yet, she's bucked, bolted, hopped around and spooked just to be a brat. So glad I have Rosie to go back to whenever I need some sanity, whether on the ground or in the saddle. But hey, just remember that days like that happen and everyone has 'em! Posted via Mobile Device