I took Rebel out on the trail for the first time today. I did go alone. I swapped him and my stud horse Gringo out from my trainer (I always have one horse boarded) so I could school him more. I thought a trail ride would be a good experience for him.
He's normally a total angel. Head down, supple, responsive....very "Yes ma'am." and "Whatever you say, Mom." ......Well, not so much this time.
So first, I rode him out back on a familiar trail I know really well that is basically just a dirt logging road that circles Toni's entire property and then hooks back on itself for the journey home. I ride it when I want to try out a new horse or when I just want to drop the reins and run for no apparant reason....Eh. We made it about a hundred yards when the problems started. I stopped him so I could adjust my girth (I sensed it was too loose. He's a difficult one to cinch) and when I reached down to pull it tighter he spun around and started trotting for him. I got up straight and turned him in a circle. I made him walk the other way again. This time he planted his but, reared and spun the other way and took off down the road at a full run to get home again. Um, excuse me? I'm still up here, numbskull!
I circled him again and made him walk back. By this time I realized I was running out of time before work and I turned him and made him walk home, but the entire time he was tossing his head and fighting my hands. Not the most encouraging ride of my life....
Is the problem me, or him? Is he just barn sour? He's never had a problem before, even when we rode on the other side of the property from the barn (And that's quite a distance)
Biggest question: Did I do the right thing out there?