This is actually quite embarrassing. Over the years I have enjoyed the perfect trail riding horse. I have waxed ecstatic on how perfect my horse is. "Oh Phoenix is perfect!! She Never puts a foot wrong!!! I can do anything with MY horse! I can take her anywhere!!!" Blah, blah, blah.
Any way as some of you know we have had a change of location. At our previous home Phoenix lived on the lawn and was very much part of the family. At our new residence we can't do that with her so initially she was very isolated from company. Then my sister (who lives just down the road from us) suggested that I put Phoenix in with her horse, Arlia. Which we have done. Arlia is the top dog in the paddock and Phoenix is absolutely submissive to her.
Since putting them together I have had problems riding Phoenix away from Arlia. One day I battled with her for 20 minutes before I just backed her down to the beach because I couldn't get her to go forward. Once she was away from Arlia she was OK. Our leaving Arlia battles, have progressively got shorter as I have won every one of them. However now I am finding Phoenix is an absolute bitch to ride.
She just will not calm down, she will not stand still, I can barely open a gate from her back at the moment because she just won't listen to my legs and wont stop fidgeting. I can barely open a gate from the ground because she won't stand still and pushes into me and walks all over me. She is constantly grinding on the bit, she just won't listen to me.
Yesterday we had only gone about 500 yards from her paddock and she was sweating like a necrophiliac in a morgue. And of course there is the constant screaming for Arlia and the crapping every 50 yards.
It got so bad yesterday that I ended up in the first flat paddock I found, schooling her for nearly an hour. Round and round the paddock trotting and cantering, just to try and expend some of the nervous energy she has. By the time we were finished she was dripping with sweat and heaving for breath. She behaved better for a bout 15 minutes then progressively wound herself back up again.
Will this get better? This herd bound crap is doing my head in. I want my nice riding horse back.