So the last few months have been going great with Lizzy dear. We are still working on listening in a snaffle and as of now it is only used in the arena where I can lock us in. I usually use a shanked broken bit for trails, yes I understand this is not ideal but that is why I spend many hours per week working in the snaffle. But that's not the issue here well kind of, she won't stop with a snaffle, she has gotten so much better but every now and then will give me issues.... She was in her full cheek snaffle with a running martingale (she will throw her head up when shes pissed).
Today she was super calm, almost to the point of you know something has to go wrong she can't be THAT good today. Well we were riding with another horse that we have never ridden with, just over to the arenas. This other horse, to put it very nicely, is currently a canidate for the glue factory. He needs a lot of refresher work. Well he's acting up, rearing kicking the whole nine yards. So I go to the arena next to the one he is going into. His pal back in the paddock is screaming for him.
Lizzy still isn't completely over her barn sour issues. I cannot ride out alone if the barn gets out of sight. I can ride in the arenas no problem but she can still see the barn there.
Anyway she gets an attitude she hasn't had since we started our serious training this spring. Flying bucks, rears, bolting, dropping her inside shoulder as she bucks and swings in a circle. Just all around nasty. Oh yea and lining up to jump out of the arena
I've been told I was over thinking her issues but I feel like we might have some serious work with barn sourness to work on?? I feel like with the horse acting up and his pal screaming back at the barn that she just did not want to be in the arena. The other one I was riding with thinks it was just because I wasn't in the same arena. A little of both maybe?
I've taken her over there with other horses and rode in different arenas many many times with no problems. But like I said I cannot ride out alone so I really think this is an issue with being barn sour. To be clear she has never been with the other horse that was making noise.
After about 20 minutes of trotting around and she worked up a very good sweat she calmed down.
So am I overthinking her issues or what? Please be nice, I cannot afford a trainer right now but we have come so far in just a few months. Constructive criticism is welcome but not meanness.
And just to add, last week we rode out on the trails in her snaffle. Running through fields and everything and maintained control, stop took a little longer but nothing dangerous.