Well last weekend was an interesting one. Bause...the arab mare/ "problem horse" as Danielle puts it...is now officially mine. I don't have a place to move her yet so her old owner, Danielle, is keeping her for me until I have a place. Im just starting to work with her really...so we havent really bonded yet though there was an instant connection between us (ill explain if asked)...ANYWAY there were five of us going on a trail ride...we have five horses...bause being one of them...so I decided to ride her because a. No one else will, an b. The only other person "barve" enough doesnt have the experience so she had to ride my gelding. Now I have ridden bause before...the first time I rode her we went on a nine mile trail ride and she was a perfect angel for me...something danielle had never seen lol
Anyway we had issues before the ride even started. Before we even had the trailer loaded really... it started that we noticed the girth on bause's saddle had some broken strings...not good with bause. So I needed to run back down to the barn for another girth...so Danielle offered to hold bause while I did. Bad choice #1 lol bause absolutely hates and disrespects danielle. So my oh so wonderful horse got mad that I had handed her to danie and reared then lunded at danie as soon as I was out of sight. I ran back and took bause back...settled her down after a short dissaplineing (made her spin circles rope wasnt long enough to send her on a lunge) after this I thought she was fine...she wasnt..she was still mad. As we walked up to the trailer she began to rear and mock lunge at me.
See bause does this thing were she rears an bounces at you but its only like a half rear an bounce. Then it gets progressively worse until she is strait up an down then lunging at you...its like she is saying "You scared? How about now? No...ok how about now?"
Well I didnt get scared... I didnt flinch...I continued to just move aside and spin her with me to get her back on her feet. But when she didnt stop I got a tad irritated and decided to the round pen we would go... after fighting her the entire way there and having to have someone else open the gate because I was having to keep both hands on the lead I finally got her in the pen an the lead off. Went to lunge her but she ignored me so had a friend go get a lunge whip. That got her attention. I made her run both directions at a steady lope until she was slightly winded and sweaty...then made her trot a bit more. She didnt give me any of the really good submissive signs like chewing or lip licking but she did eventually drop her head a bit and had both ears focused on me. Then again I didnt have that much time to sit there and go through a full blown join up...though I wish I culd have. (plan to the next day its not below freezing)
Well after this I walked up to her and reatached her lead. I said "Are you ready to behave?" and I didnt have any more problems...loading unloading leading or riding...so did I do right? I think I did but I would love opinions...I can also post up details on her training...which is one of her issues lol
Sorry about the novel...thanks for reading!