February 7th.... oh I am angry.
My horse was such a jack ass today. I can't even begin to describe how I am feeling or how I felt.
This part was my fault.. as I was tacking him up and had his boots on and his pads and his saddle.. I went to put his bridle on, and I shoved my thumb too deep into his mouth (I wasn't paying attention) and... crunch and hold...
My thumb was crushed by 3 tons of pressure, at least... oh it hurt. He didn't know it was my thumb.. he thought it was the bit. But man! My left thumb is now crushed, the fingernail is ripped/disconnected at the cuticle.. it's ugly as sin and painful.
So that was the first sign of negligence on my part.
Got him tacked up, ready to lunge. He tried to walk all over me so I reprimanded him and put him in his place. Made him w/t/c both directions and he did well.
Got on and worked on asking him to use his back with a nice slack rein. He moved into frame nicely as I felt his back lift up. We walked around the arena working on leg yields (they are awesome now :)) and circles and staying on the rail, and serpentines and all sorts at the walk. He was doing great. Time to trot... he fell apart. We went to the walk again, I got him all sorted again and asked for the trot.. nope... back to walking.. asked for the trot and softened as I did. There we go.. he didn't drop his back that time. We did figures, leg yields (they were horrible....)
Let me just tell you... at the beginning I was doing things wrong (like my leg at the trot was confusing) and once I sorted that out, he was listening to my leg really well and stayed nice and supple.
But that little jackass decides to give me problems when we went near the gate to the indoor arena (they are connected) and there was another horse in there. We spent literally 10 minutes trying to keep him from slamming or riding himself into the gate. He was doing it to be an ass.. and once my instructor told me how to prevent it, he stopped really quickly.
Then came time for the canter. FML FML FML FML.
He completely blew my cues.. without any pulling or anything on MY end, he hollowed his back, scooted his butt underneath him, threw up his head and bolted like he was being chased by 100 tigers. That jackass.
He wasn't scared, he wasn't in pain, he was doing it as an evasion. It started as just throwing his head up but kept nice and soft cantering. But now it's just out of control. He bolted sideways at the canter.. forward, sideways.. I stayed with him until I wanted him to trot again. I sat down deep.. no answer. "Trot" I told him sternly. Ignored me again...
He yanked the reins (which my hands were holding onto) and unseated me. I knew I was going down. I told him sternly again, "trot!" "Trot ****it!!!! TROT TROT TROT" I grabbed ahold of his neck with all of the strength I could muster, still telling him to trot. He started galloping as I got my feet out of the stirrups. Still holding onto his neck, I swung so I was on the outside side of him. I TOLD YOU TO TROT!!!!! I dug my heels into the ground and pulled back on his bit. He stopped and I continued to reprimand him "YOU DO NOT EVER DO THAT TO ME, EVER!" I was on my feet and made him soften his bit NOW and backed him up NOW. "NO" he knew he was in trouble.. and I was so angry.
Everyone around was laughing their butts off.. I had done this really unique emergency dismount and refused to fall off and put him in his place once he did stop. They made sure I was okay, that's when I burst into tears. The pain from my thumb and I managed to hurt the right side of my chest hurt. I think I pulled a muscle and probably Sky's neck is sore from 125lbs of kickass hanging on him.
Anyhow, she (my trainer) got on him, worked through his canter. I got back on, we did trot work, with beautiful leg yields (we figured out the problem and then everything became crystal clear to him) and then got on the lungeline to canter twice each way. I was crying the entire time and he was anxious to be done. We did canter twice each way.. to the right was troublesome and he had a perfect canter transition to the left.
I am tired, and might have another lesson this Thursday since the girl that I usually ride with didn't have time to do it today. Hopefully it happens.. he is forbidden to canter OFF of the lungeline.
We have a sneaking suspicion this dangerous new game of his came from all those other people riding him because he was fine as rain before. "/ Downside to leasing out my horse...
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"