So, Lucky's a finished barrel horse, but she can kick and get really hot. And so, at home, I've won over the getting hot part I'm really excited to see if it will carry over to the show atmosphere any.
I've been doing lots of trail work, flexing (bend neck both ways, sidestep, back), and only a bit of pattern work. My trail rides are now nice and relaxing (as they should be), with no kicking, no bucking, no taking off, etc. I can do a nice, slow, collected trot (not the pacey weird choppy thing she gives everyone else as a trot) up all the hills without any complaint about not being able to race up them (the kids like to run the hills, but I don't like running uphill, too bumpy lol).
As for patterns, she's doing much better. I can hold her back from a full run to an..extended canter without having to pull on her face at all (she use to blow through and take off, but still listen to any other cues except to slow down). She's taking her pockets even better. And I can stop after my pattern and go back to a relaxed walk, finally! Last show I was told I had to get off in the ring and walk her out, but I'm pretty sure we're going to just walk her out this time.
And best of all? The kicking has completely ceased in the past month and a half! Well, she still throws her butt up a little if there's a horse that canters by in her blind spots, but it's not a kick, so I'm not worrying about it at the moment. I'm still tossing a red ribbon in her tail, but I'm pretty confident that we'll have no incidents unless someone just stops and stand behind her with their foot in her tail or something.
So, the kicking has been completely fixed(: with me riding her anyway..because some people think it's fun when she kicks, or they just don't care (until she hits another horse or rider, then they'll care). And we've finally gotten to the point of walking away from a run, at home, we'll see tomorrow if it carries over to shows, and a calmer/relaxed trail horse.(:
I'd buy her if I had the money ;; so sad that I don't lol. Hopefully I'll get the job I'm looking for and I'll be able to fix some kind of deal with BO/owner, because I'd really like to keep riding her, and keep her in general.
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