Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
This Time I Want to be Prepared
At the start of the summer, I made a pact with myself that if I didn't see improvements between Tango and myself, and get her to a...decent..point by summer's end, then I would seriously consider looking for another horse. Well, as must be expected, something happened that totally threw that plan out of whack; two weeks in she went completely lame. After several vet visits, x-rays, accupuncture and diagnostic medication, the vet determined that nothing was structurally wrong, that it was probably a soft tissue issue (rhyme not intended, lol) and to keep her inside for a couple months, with no riding at all.
Well. Summer's ending, and...obviously, I have no results to show for it. I could go off what I saw during our first couple weeks, and what I saw at the end of hours and hours of hard riding and trails was the beginnings of Tango starting to settle down and be a really really nice horse who was capable of keeping a slow jog without trying to run off, and who was obedient and responsive.
What can I do but extend the date where I make the final decision. It'll be a month or two yet before I can do anything with her, and even then a while before we're back to real, hard work. This time, I want to know what I'm doing right off the bat. I did...fairly well with her earlier on, in the sense that we had no real spats or freak-outs, but I really never was in control-I was more of a passenger. The reason for that is she's such a high-energy horse, that I think I was afraid to "trigger" her, so to speak, and add any more fuel to the fire. As a result, she didn't regard me as the boss, and she didn't really listen, was resentful when I told her to do something, and was always trying to undermine my authority.
I guess the real point I'm trying to get at: how can I get her quiet and responsive, and settle her down without getting her more wound up? And believe me, I've tried circles, serpentines, backing up etc; my seat is as deep as I can make it...she's really headstrong, and when she's hyper and full of energy she fights me for everything. She's so gogogogogorunrunrunrunrunrunrun! and whenever you start giving her cues and telling her to do stuff when she's in that sort of mindset it just fires her up more. Usually (usually, not always) she's fine at the walk and doesn't get it in to her head that we need to go faster, but at the trot and faster her Thoroughbred racehorse mindset kicks in. She needs to get her energy out and then she'll settle down, I know, but the only way you can spend the energy on this horse is to gallop her for like 5 minutes straight, but obviously I don't want to push her like that when she's just coming off an injury. You could trot her all day long and she'd still be ready to run a 50-mile endurance race.
*Sigh* I really am sorry it's so long..I always write too much. If anyone can help, thanks in advance. I just want to be ready this time around and get it right from the start.