Sunday, March 30, 2008

MORE bizarre behavior at the barn

On Tuesday I reported some really strange behavior at the barn: Panama had apparently jumped the fence into his neighboring horse's run, because in the morning he was in the wrong stall and was all banged (and bitten) up.

I thought he'd learned his lesson, but evidently not: This morning when the stable owner arrived, there was a board knocked down on the fence between him and his other neighbor, and he had a brand new scrape on one of his back legs.

I have no idea what has gotten into my horse. He's been acting like a crazy horse all week. Yesterday Michael and I took him for a walk in the nearby open space, just like my trainer and I had on Wednesday. His behavior was completely different: He was nervous, easily spooked, and kept trying to prance in circles around me (to head me off and get me turned toward "home").

I hope he snaps out of it soon. Trying to work with an impatient, poorly behaved horse gets old really quick.

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