Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Today kind of felt like a setback. But I'll give the Cin man a chance because 1) they have only turned out the horses once in the past 2 weeks due to rain and mud (enough to drive any horse insane) 2) Because we were in the scary arena and 3) there were circumstances beyond Cinny's imagination.
Oh, and stupid me decided not to lunge first because I was pressed for time with a babysitter. So anyway, he was using his back well, but then got rushy and acted a bit aggravated. He was not Tossing his head, but was generally pissy and had a one track mind, which was CANTER CANTER CANTER. I was getting ready to end our ride when I heard loud honking getting closer and closer on the street leading in to the stable. Then an suv pulled into the driveway next to the arena and the driver laid in to the horn with a big long blast. Cinny, was clearly very unsettled about this. But before I could think about dismounting all 4 doors flew open and out flew a few kids and 3 dogs all bouncing, screaming, barking with a big commotion (it was the BO's grand kids coming to visit). That was it, Cinny came absolutely unglued and bolted. One reins stop just put us into a 2meter canter circle and knocked him off balance so I had to let loose a bit to keep us from falling in an upcoming mud pond at the end of the arena. He finally settled into a halt and I talked calmly to him for a while.
I made him walk one time around a 20 meter in the center of the arena and he relaxed down a bit. I dismounted and left the arena. I asked the BO if I could let Cinny come see what the commotion was about, which she was fine with. At first he snorted but then the kids started lavishing him with attention. I think he actually had an "I feel dumb" expression on his face ha ha.
So, he has tomorrow off and then I ride again Wednesday. I will see how he is then, and ride in the arena he likes. If he still seems like he's going backwards I will call the vet for another round of Doxy. So bummed, I was really hoping we were over but I knew there was a big chance this would happen.