Our emotions side effects?
Okay, when I am by myself, my paint pony Cowgirl leads like a dream. She is not pushy, she doesn't toss her head at the pressure of the halter but gives in to it. I am relaxed and calm, after all, it's just me and her, nothing to prove.
Last night, a family came to look at her. I am a bit too big for Cowgirl, so I can't ride her at a trot or anything becuase I don't want to hurt her back, especially since she is like 2 1/2 going on 3. She has just been started under saddle, but is used to the feel of it, I've done round pen work with the saddle on.
Anyway, I haltered her, led her up to the people for her to see and smell. She was very pushy in the halter. She would toss her head when I wouldn't let her get closer to them and didn't want to stand still.. like all those times she would stand still alone. Granted, she is weary of strangers. She didn't mind the 11 yr old and 9 yr old. I know Cowgirl wanted to really just sniff them, she will take a good few seconds smelling someone before she even lets them touch her. But, the kids parents weren't telling their kids to look out for her hooves (4 kids total), so I didn't want Cowgirl to move around becuase I was afraid she would accidently hurt them or step on them.
I didn't think I was behaving different, maybe I was more tense than usual, but with people and kids running around, and all the things that could go wrong... maybe Cowgirl could sense that from me.
I was just rather bummed becuase I said she lead good, wasn't pushy, which, she normally isn't, but yesterday was aweful! Just any thoughts of advice how I could handle it better next time? Maybe getting her more used to other people than just me?
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown