I went out today to Kariba today, feeling confident, optimistic, and hopeful. By the end of today, I'm feeling unsure, confused, and wondering.
I went out today, and lunged for 15 minutes, both directions, different gaits, and even got a small lope. Then I went, bridled her with a smooth snaffle, after a bit of a battle with not opening her mouth, and saddled up. I need a new pad or smaller saddle, as even with 2 pads in was super wide and touching the top of her withers.
Anyway, after tightening in little segments, I went out and lungeed her for another..... 8 minutes. Then I brought her back, tightneied and fixed the saddle, and had my dad come with me into the pasture, where I and my helped proceded to mount her while he held her rope, because I left her halter on underneath her bridle. She was fine, then started moving and tossing her head, so I immerdiatly bailed. I then checked over everything, and the saddle was really bugging me, and I guess her. So, figuring that 5 minutes in a wide saddle with 2 pads under wasn't going to hurt her, I mounted again. This time, it was good, and my dad was leading her. Then I asked him to stop when I said woa and pulled on the reins, and to go when I clicked and she moved forward. So, it worked, aside from head tossing at the stop- which is something I've wroked with and fixed before-, it worked ok. Then, because he was reluctant to unclip the rope, I asked to just slack it and stand away away.
It went downhill from there. Stubborn are wouldn't even MOVE! Kick, kick, kick, cluck,kick, cluck,lean forward, KICK HARD, CLUCK A BUNCH, LEAN FORWARD. Nope, nothing. I asked dad to give a gendtle tug at the rope. Guess who followed? Kariba. Guess who was in charge? Not me.
After that, I got off. In between all that, I had my dad telling me this " Oh, she's fine, its fine, don't overthink things, it can't be hurting her with 2 pads on", blah blah crap.
So, after I lead her a lap, I tied her up again, took everything off, and decided to try a new fly sheet on. Well, it went to her knees. So I ahve to sell it or send it back, whichever works best.
After ALL that, I put her back.
I have now decided to send her to the trainer for a tune-up with her basics, because I KNOW she knows how to do it, as she was ridden some before she came here. We have a free 2 weeks with the trainer, so I am gi=oing to tell the trainer to strictly ride her AT LEAST 10 times, because this guy will flake and only ride abround 4. After that, I'm going to work with my pro-barrel racer neighbor with her. I am also going to buy a built up thick pad and see how it fits.
** NO CRITIQUE on what I did today. If I needed that, I would post in the training section**