Well, yesterday she started doing something weird when we were trail riding. Candy is always wanting to go fast, and so I have to make sure she stays at the pace I want her when we're out riding. She started to go forward sharply so I pulled her back, and she started backing up and wouldn't stop. I pushed her forward, and she tried to take off running, so I stopped her again and she did the backing up thing again.
She acts a lot like some barrel horses at the gate. So today I had a friend take my other horse out so she would relax a little bit, but she did it again, and this time in several different spots. I finally just got off and walked her because my friend was getting worried.
I checked her mouth for any sores or anything that could be hurting her mouth, even though it doesn't seem like she was reacting to pain in her mouth. I couldn't find anything, but I'm going to call the vet out here if she keeps this up. She has previous training and experience in both jumping and barrel racing, if that helps any.
It sounds to me like she's getting anxious to get up and run. What do ya'll think? I haven't let her run since this all began. What should I do about this? I'm really worried because she was doing so well for me in everything she did, and this started happening so suddenly. She's my best friend and I love her, and I certainly don't want to ruin our riding time together with bad habits forming. I'd be grateful for any tips or advice if you have any to offer. Thanks!