Betcha you didn't even know I was gone!
Anyways, a couple months ago Raina ended up getting sick. The BO had rescued a horse and didn't quaranteen her properly. A bug flew around the barn and Raina got the worst of it. I usually vaccinate my horses, but Raina hasn't been vaccinated in the years before I got her, so I figured I wouldn't vaccinate (change of plans for this year though! lol) While everyone else came down with a cough, Raina had a fever, sloppy poop, discharge from her nose, swollen lymphnodes, wheezing, a bad cough and was lethargic. I brought her in and set her up in the small barn, put her on sulpha tabs, an immune booster and blanketed her every night. A week later she was good as new and back out enjoying the pasture.
We had an amazing experience together though. During the time Raina was ill, the BO had to leave town, so I went up there every night after work and cleaned her stall. I would arrive around 11pm and turn her out into the arena while I cleaned. By the end of the week, it was too warm to blanket so I'd just turn her loose. She was feeling so much better and jumping around like an idiot. After I got done with her stall, I watched her for a couple minutes and thought "I'm gonna go ride her"
So I caught her and swung myself up.
She had a halter on but that was it. It was midnight and quiet. She picked up the trot on her own and after a few circles, I asked her to canter.
It was amazing.
I don't know if anyone recalls, but she was given to me because the BO couldn't sell her, and no one else at the barn could ride her. She was difficult and dangerous and reared and fought. And there I was, in the middle of the night, cantering her around with nothing but a halter on.
I let her come down whenever she wanted and after a couple games of "Where'd I hide the treat now?" I put her away. The next day I put her back out into the field.
Since then she's been easy to catch in the pasture. She doesn't run anymore. She wickers at me when I arrive. I've noticed a general change in attitude over the things I ask her to do and her reaction over them. She's still difficult in other aspects, things that just need to be retrained. But I'm flattered and happy over what happened. I never stop learning.
Sometimes you just gotta let go of the reins and trust your horse to take care of you.