We went on a 6 or 7 hour trail ride today. I haven't been able to ride my 4 year old mare in about 2 months due to the bitterly cold weather we were having. When we first set out she was a little speedier than usual. She just seemed like she had a bit of pent up energy to work out, but we were fine. The ride went fabulously, she seemed happy to be out again. She was in the lead going down some tremendously steep mountains and she was great. She was the youngest, least ridden horse in the group, but she is the least spooky and least nervous. I realized how great she was as I saw two older, "well trained" horses act like nuts while tied, but she is always calm and quiet. I can't take too much credit for this, a lot of it is just her nature.
Anyway, after a long lunch break, she was in the middle of the group. She'd kinda gotten her second wind and was a bit more energetic again, but I had her under control just fine. All the sudden she did a double barrel kick. I was fine, just a bit surprised. She's never done anything like that, never bucked or anything. The horse behind her was way, way behind her so she wasn't kicking at him. She's never kicked at another horse on a ride, even when they're right up on her butt. It almost seemed like a "gosh I'm having a good time" kinda thing. I've seen her do this when she's first let out into a pasture, kinda running around and "kicking up her heels".
After that, the last half of the ride was completely uneventful. She was in the lead for most of it and was downright pokey toward the end.
So my question is, what the heck? Was it really a "happy" thing like it seemed? It honestly would have kinda been fun if I'd expected it. Was she just bored? Was she annoyed with being held back? I'm just not sure what to think?