Last night I was lucky enough to have a trainer around to see O pull her new trick on me. She did it the last one or two rides, and I kind of thought it might just be a mare thing and continued to ignore it.
Before yesterday it had been some nasty faces at horses in the ring, balking at random times, and just giving me attitude. Now, she tis throwing her head around every stride or too, snapping at the air (while I am on her), and would slam on the brakes when I used my leg to attempt to send her forward. I was not pleased.
My trainer watched for a bit, and the conclusion came that each time I asked O to do something, she was retailating with this behavior. Bump with the heel to go forward, she hunches her shoulders and tries to stop. Ask for the inside bend around a corner, I get a nasty face and head toss. The solution = ride her until she gave up on these new tactics. Hence began our 25 minutes of figure eights and serpentines to engage both her mind/body and convince her she doesn’t have time to be nasty. She wasn’t a fan, and spent about 21 of those minutes continuing to test me, and ruffle my feathers.
The last 4 minutes were really nice.
My trainer definitely things there is a serious lack of work ethic in O due to the past 6-7 months of her not being in continuous work. Now that we are asking more of her, she’s retailating. Also, we think she’s bored. I’m going to break out the poles for our next couple of rides and see if that occupies her brain more.
I’m not upset with her at all, I totally get it. If I was allowed to be lazy and not go to work for that long with no consequences I would definitely struggle being thrown back into it. Only two more weeks until final decisions are made about what the next step is!