Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Gah...not sure I should go anymore..
Tomorrow there's a big trail ride, and I was sure I was going...until today
Going means I will be riding to the "launch" spot, about 5 miles away, by myself. It's the first time I've rode so far by myself, and I was always a little concerned, but after today I'm not even sure I should go anymore.
I've been riding around home a lot lately, and while some stuff spooks her, usually it's stuff that you can see and that actually somewhat makes sense that would scare her. Today was gray and a little windy and about to rain so I just took her for a walk. She was so wired; even when I made her do various exercises to get her mind on me it just made her more upset, and she spooked-like, trying to run away pulling on the lead, and one time reared and jumped-three or four times.
I don't know what's wrong with her. Yes, it is a bit windy, but it's not the worst we've ever had, and if she's like this on the ground I'm not so sure I should be riding alone a fair distance. Probably all she needs is a good long ride and then she'd be tired out and calm after those 5 miles and good for the actual trail ride; especially if it was at a good trot, but the first few miles are going to be ridiculous. The thing with her is, too, when something makes her nervous, I'll circle and do patterns, trying to get her listening to my leg again and get her attention back on me, but she just tries to bomb around the circles and continue looking at it, and all the patterns do is seem to get her more riled up.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? I could really use some advice. My parents say she'll be fine, but they didn't see her freaking out today. I naturally fret and worry, and she may not even be that bad tomorrow, but ****! I thought everything was going to go so well! She had been getting better in our riding, even. My parents want me to go. I just would like to hear some feedback first.