Today (yesterday, lol) I had an awesome ride. I got two nice, collected canters and had a nice trot down the road (made me feel like we were going to town with purposes, lol).
She only walked to the end of the mud pit at the gate, so I ended up having to wait and crawl through the fence to the mud I can actually walk in, lol. She then walked up to me no problem and let me halter her before I even brought the treat out (she still isnt nippy or pushy). I tied her to the gate and shimmied over again, popped her in the cross ties and brushed her down. I don't think what we originally thought was rain rot is such..I think she's just shedding in patches, otherwise Im going to have to start bathing her in the solution we have. Her hair is coming out all over, which is why I believe it's shedding and not rain rot.
So, I saddled her up and put her bridle on with much less trouble than previously. We used the jr cow that I haven't tried on her yet and I think she liked it. We got me all set up with my phone thing on my belt (otter box thing) and I hopped up and we headed out the driveway.
I've found that her head tossing isnt really head tossing at all, it feels like she's striking out with both fronts and her head just goes with the motion, lol. I got rid of this today by give a little jerk on my left rein (mainly stayed left the whole ride). We had 4 instances of this throughout our whole ride, which is better than our last trail/road ride..by a ton.
After we got about halfway down the road to the trails we moved into the opposite lane and trotted down the road down to the trails. I can see if cars are coming from that lane and I have grass on the side we can move to. We may canter down the stretch when the weather gets nicer, but we're going to trot for now. She doesnt have shoes (thank god xD ), so she won't be slipping unless the road's bad, in which we wont be out anyway, lol.
We had another fit when we got to the top of the small hill leading down to all the trailheads and hay fields. Fixed this my just kicking her forward and keeping her head straight. We had another two fits as soon as we got to the spot we had a rodeo last trail ride..I fixed these (the striking/headtossing and trying to turn around) by letting het turn around, and then we kept turning and spun around twice and she offered to go forward without taking action on her attitude.
We got into our small, flat (slightly muddy right now out there too) trail around the hay field and she changed, just like that. Im still not sure it's her being along, I feel like she doesn't realize she knows exactly where she's at and is spooky because of it (doesnt have the confidence of going to a new place with another horse). I just can't seem to understand why it's only heading out we have issues (any help on that would be much appreciated).
So, we walked through the trail neck reining with a level head and got to the end where we come back out into the hay field..and we cantered! We actually cantered, she wasnt just flailing around and speeding up, it was a nice, collected canter with her pushing from behind. She broke into a trot where it starts to slightly (and I mean slightly) slope down where the goats use to be and I pushed her back into the nice canter again, on a loose rein (!). I got a little half-hearted buck, but nothing I could even care to discipline.
We walked back on a loose rein and had the little beagle chase us down her yard baying, lol. ST didn't even pin her ears or swish her tail, paid no attention to her. She followed us three yards down (not sure why..she usually stays in her yard) before she finally stopped following and just stood there baying.
We saw Ralph (BOs husband) as we crested the last hill and came up to the driveway. We also saw Dan (4h barn owner a few miles awaywho was nice enough to stop behind us and let another truck go before he passed us (forced to walk on the tiny shoulder at that point because owners of the property have ytried to sue before. I was told to get hit before I stepped on their property because they'll threaten to hurt my horse and sue me). We both waved, but Im bummed I didnt get to see his butt again :p lol
About halfway down the driveway I put her in another lovely canter to the house and then walked down to the barn and untacked her.
She stayed in the run-in again and watched me until I walked I out too. (:
Here's a picture or two. (:
Before our ride.
During our ride in the woods.