Join Date: May 2009
Location: Manitoba, Canada
JustAwesome - the ride we went on last fall was 60+ people on horseback and like 4 wagons through a park and probably 90% of them drinking. We stayed at the back as much as possible, but they were hooligans at times. In hindsight, not the best ride to take my green 3 year old - but I had a ribbon on her, did my best to stay at the back, and only had one incident where a stallion came trotting up from behind her on a narrow-ish trail...was an understandable situation for her to react, but not an acceptable reaction. Want to nip this in the bud! As for distracting her - she was quite green so leg yielding and flexing weren't suitable options.
I'm not one to tap my horse on the shoulder and think she feels it...the options I see from here are either to drive her forward with my seat, legs, and crop if handy at any threat on her behalf, make her move and focus on me instead of relaxing and thinking about kicking someone else - or to give her one good CRACK over the @ss next time she kicks. She's not an overly sensative horse when it comes to little taps and such...
My 6 year old Welsh Pony mare is lead mare in her herd of 8 and a big bully, but when she's led, ridden, or even if I'm standing in the pasture, she's completely oblivious to other horses and where they are in rank and whatnot. Total human respect...need to instill that in Eve! It's ok for her to be nervous and upset when riding, but kicking is NOT acceptable, ever.
Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly