I rode my mare today for the first time since August-- I'm 28 weeks pregnant, so I haven't done any riding, just grooming and lunging.
Today though was the first day of my winter vacation from teaching piano lessons, and since the weather is still nice during the day in these parts I decided I'd give Ginger a little work. Usually she's with her pasture mate Duncan, my pony, but my BM put her horse Leo in there so Duncan and Leo have been paling around and generally ignoring Ginger. She seems like a fairly independent girl, but take her away from her pony and she's suddenly buddy sour.
Everything was fine and dandy as far as saddling and getting her to the round pen, but once there she refused to stand still. I free lunged her for a bit, during which she bucked and flat out ran, as well as trotted. I can't get my leg up high enough to reach the stirrup without a stool, so I kept trying to get her to stand next to it. She's always been a pain when it comes to mounting, but today she was exceptionally grouchy. I tried letting her run around again, pulling her in tight circles, and backing. Nothing seemed to work for very long-- she wanted to get back to where she could see the pasture.
She finally stood still long enough for me to get on, and then we made four or five laps around the pen at a walk (no trotting for me!). She did very well once I was up there, though I did have to restrain her to keep her from trotting. I wanted to show her that all I wanted was to walk around a couple times, and we were done.
I know that a lot of the trouble stems from me just not working her consistently enough, especially since I got pregnant. But I'm trying to connect with her better, and get into her head so I can have a better, more respectful relationship with her instead of just trying to show her who's boss through force.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle this situation, as far as natural horsemanship goes? I want her to remember that I'm the one in charge, but it's not going to get easier as the months go on.
Feel free to ask any questions, but please be nice, especially when it concerns riding while pregnant. I wouldn't do anything to put myself in danger, and keep in mind that I wouldn't have even gotten on her if I thought she'd throw me off. She's never once offered to buck when saddled with a rider, even on days like today. Additionally, being pregnant makes me extra emotional, and you wouldn't want to make a mom- to- be cry