ARGH.....well, yesterday was AMAZING! She was a little cinchy but not bad, I've been tightening it very slowly and she's starting to learn that I'll keep doing it that way and it's not so scary. Once I got on we walked right out of the farm, went on an hour and a half trail ride, and it was great!! There was one incident where she took off with me and it took a while to bring her back down, but other than that NO bad behavior!!!
Today was another story though.....feels like an enormous leap backwards. She was great tacking up, not cinchy at all! Once I got on her, it was a huge battle. I spent an hour trying to get her off the farm and tried everything in the book...no luck. She didn't try to buck me off, but she did little crow hops and small bucks trying to tell me NO. Mostly she just would NOT move. I did anything and everything I could think of, kept her feet moving, but nothing worked. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, and I know that losing my temper and putting her in her stall just like she wanted was the wrong thing to do...but it was dark out and we were getting nowhere...oh well. Here's hoping for more success next time!
A horse is the projection of peoples' views about themselves--strong, powerful, beautiful--and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existance.