She is a pretty good horse. She has her days but most of the time she's a God-send. :)
This is an update for Saturday (May 1st) and today so it might be kinda long...
On Saturday, we went on another big trail ride, 4 1/2 hours, and she was really pretty good. She's back in heat again and she was on the first day of it so right at the really vocal "hiya boys" stage, and we were riding with 3 geldings and no other mares. >.< Haha Needless to say, her mind was more on being a flirt than the ride so I didn't expect too much from her. I did of course expect her to follow "the rules" but I didn't ask her to do anything special because I could just feel that it would turn into an argument. She crossed some pretty deep water (knee high) pretty willingly which I'm very proud of since she hates splashing water in a significant way. We did quite a bit of cantering and she was great! She really kept herself under control and didn't try to bolt or anything. I was kind of expecting that we might have a problem about that, because she was feeling good and she was feeling her "womanliness" but nope! The only problem we had was that the girl that was in front of us for most of the time kept barging past Lacey and having her horse shove Lacey to the side. And she kept cantering ahead with no warning, which wasn't good for Lacey since Lacey was being so dang clingy. I wouldn't have had an issue if she had just let me know before she took off since I could have told Lacey to canter at the same time. >.< Dumb people. I wish I had sane, real horse people to ride with, not crazy "I love running more than anything!" people. I don't mind running but let's run as a group because everyone wants to, not just because one person decides that they need to go. Also, because of Lacey's age, I need to be way more careful abotu where she's running since she could hurt herself way more easily than a younger horse, so I can't just be running along, dodging ditches and potholes. And she just doesn't have the stamina of a younger horse and I need to be able to care fore her like that, not just have a freeforall. Geez.
And then, today didn't go so well at all. She was having a major major "mare day". She's usually pretty good on her mare days, but today, she was feeling good and young, therefore, excitement ensued. I was reminded about why I don't ride bareback in just a halter during the summer. First, she was charging ahead as I was leading her and jigging next to me. Then, I got her all groomed and hosed off her legs since she got a cut on her left hind fetlock area that's a little swollen but she's not off and it's not warm or anything, just swollen. I'm not too worried about the cut yet but I will be in a few days if it hasn't solved itself. So, after that, I got the lunge line and the whip out to lunge her. She was pulling all the way to the feild and I was doing my best to correct her but she was just not figuring out what I was telling her to do. I ended up getting a little too forceful which I'm pretty sure caused her to be worse because she was confused about what I wanted. So I lunged her and she did fine, she was being very fast and energetic but I decided to pick and choose my battles and that was not one I wanted to chance losing since I probably would have with her little mood today.
Then, I decided to hop up bareback. Bad idea, my friends, bad idea. She immediatly started prancing around, pulling on the halter, trying to go where she wanted to go instead of where I was telling her to go, humping her back up, that sort of thing. I kept it up though and after about ten minutes she started to settle. I got her to behave herself ok but there was a lot to wish for. And then, I had to laugh at this, when I went to get off, she did a little mini crow-hop to "help" me off. She was nickering at me and she gave me a "hug" once I was on the ground so I didn't take it personally, but I thought that was pretty funny. Like she was saying "here mom, let me help you off!"
Such a funny girl.
But, I think I'll be putting bareback riding on hold for a bit and spend more time in an actual saddle since I've been kinda slacking in the actual saddle time department. I think tomorrow, depending on how the weather is and how Lacey's leg looks, I might work her pretty hard and hopefully get the sillies out. I really don't mind if she acts differently when she's in heat, I just need her to behave well. I need her to be stable and steady whatever her hormonal state is. She can be more "up" but she had better be respectful, which she wasn't being so much today.
I'm sure it had something to do with me though. I'm pretty sure I was escalating my reactions to meet hers, which is not the way to do things with her. The more excited she gets, I need to get just as calm. So, I know she's not totally to blame, at all.
And, so as to not end on a negative note, I will share with you this picture I took today. I was playing around in Picasa with it and I kinda like how it came out.