Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
I don't know what to do anymore.
Here's the thing: I want to barrel race with her sooner than later, and I know I could start her back up on the pattern and just w/t it and do the other work I need to do with her on it, but I know once I get to a certain point with her, there's no going back. She's just going to be one of those horses. Once we get to the point where we can run the pattern, she's a barrel horse. When she runs, all she wants to do is run.
Right now, I can ride her and when she gets excited, she bunches up, tucks her head, and chomps on the bit like crazy, and the more she does it, the more she sweats and whatever, and she never used to sweat on a w/t ride, now, I go for a 20 minute w/t ride, and she's soaked. The only rides I've done on her where she hasn't gotten soaked from head to tail were when we were pulling calves at brandings, cause she was relaxed and when she did sweat, it was becuase she was working, not because she was being high strung. I'm completely lost on why she changed so much, and what to do.
There's still a little thought in my mind that she is out somewhere... but the more I think about it, the more it doesn't make sense. If she was out of place, it would have showed pulling calves around. Plus, there is no one who does chiro work around here anymore.
I just can't get her to RELAX anymore. I've gone on rides where we just walked and trotted a little bit along the sand road, and again and again she bunched up and just was a hot head. There's some improvement, but not much.
I've rode her in the corral, where I know she's comfortable, and she is better than out in the open, but still no relaxing and just being comfortable. I've changed saddles, blankets.....
I just don't know anymore.