Lacey just started coming back into heat again after the winter and my, is she sassy! She's currently in the middle of her second heat of the season and I am just having a hard time deal with it. Last summer she was good all summer through her heats, but right now she's acting more like she did two summers ago when I first got her: all pushy, and rushy on the ground and "fast fast fast" undersaddle. I've been trying to go back to basics with her like I did two summers ago: when she starts pulling on the lead, I stop and have her back up, then repeat each time she starts pulling; undersaddle we've been doing a whole lot of walking. She starts booking it at the trot and I don't feel comfortable cantering her with the way the ground is at the barn and the way her balance is. I would just trot her to get it out but the girl can trot! If I sit it, I'm bouncing all over the place and that hurts after a while, and if I post, she starts trotting as fast as she can, and faster.
Over the winter she was just starting to consistently relax while being ridden and now, not so much. I just want my relaxed girl back! Seriously, she's 25, she should be finishing up the whole "wish to reproduce" deal right? Goodness.
I guess it's probably just the curse of a fit, happy, mare that knows her owner well.
Also, we've been going on long trail rides about every two weeks for the last 3 months, and that's her favorite thing ever. So, this behavior might have something to do with her wanting to go on a big ride and being POed that we're just hanging out at home, but that's still not a good enough excuse.
I probably have it under control, I mean, it's not like she's being dangerous or anything, she's just ready for anything and excited about whatever might happen.
But if anyone has any tips, I would distinctly love to hear them.
I'm actually considering getting some of that Mare Magic stuff, I don't even know.