Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Weather changes make my horse stupid

Wow, I haven't blogged about my horse as much lately! Part of that is because I have been very busy, and three visits to the barn a week has been all I've had time for. Another part is because I've also had a lot of other writing responsibilities, and blogging has fallen somewhat by the wayside.

Anyway, I had a session with my trainer on Monday — the first session in a while that she hasn't ridden at all, actually. She is pregnant and will soon not be able to ride anymore, so she has been focusing more on getting me ready to take over for her — under her instruction, of course.

Monday was about 20 degrees colder than it had been, and it was threatening to rain or snow (although it never did either). My trainer thinks this is why my horse was acting like such a nut on Monday: jumpy, easily spooked, and full of nervous energy. We started out lunging him, since he was acting like he really wanted to run; but he was too hyper even for the lunge line, so Leslie unhooked him and shooed him off. Panama proceeded to run at top speed around us for what must have been fifteen minutes! I don't think I've ever seen him quite so worked up.

Once he had apparently had his fill of running, I mounted up. At first he was still very high strung; he kept rushing at the walk and bouncing along at the trot. Leslie guided me through getting him to calm down and pay attention again by giving him tasks that required more thinking than our usual arena work. Eventually, he calmed down and started behaving much better.

Of course, we haven't tried cantering again since the last time, and there was no way Monday was a good day for it. Maybe he'll be a little more predictable and a little less wound up at our next lesson!



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