Progress, or Lack There Of: A Catch Up From the Past Few Months

I’ll try to keep this concise.

Since last Christmas(ish) O and I have been struggling with some real issues with her stopping at the more spooky jumps, and within a few weeks it had grown into a full fledged monster issue.  Then to top it off, she started spooking at everything.  From a physical standpoint we tried everything, the vet has been out multiple times.  We looked into her vision, her body condition, her ears, her body aches, we thought maybe it was a footsore issue, so we treated that for almost a month.  Then a few weeks ago when I got back on my sound, perfectly content horse, and it was exactly the same as it was before all of this.

Sound, fat, seemingly happy.  Why you hate us so much O?

Sound, fat, seemingly happy. Why you hate us so much O?

She will stop at poles.  She will dragon snort/blow/spook at jumps, and we are talking this reaction is from 5 strides away and not even pointed at them.  (Ask me how hard it is right now to simply hack around an arena full of jumps.)  

While my trainer had been threatening O (and myself) for months with a pretty serious come-to-Jesus type of intervention, I don’t think either of us saw this really coming; it is a 180 degree change from 6 months ago with this horse.  She’s completely unpredictable over fences.  One day she’s totally willing and gives me a great ride, the next she won’t be able to walk along the line of jumps without losing her marbles.

 The feeling of failure has been pretty much reigning in my horse life right now.  I felt that I created a monster.  A stopping monster (even worse for us over-the-obstacle based equestrians).  It sucked and continues to suck.

I have one last plan in place to try to resurrect the O from last year, or at least come up with a way to deal with her new attitude.  I’ll divulge all the details in my next post.  But really, my horse needs a massive wake-up call and a change of pace.  And perhaps I do too.  Anyway, sorry to be depressing, but sometimes real life can really be a bummer!  Now you are all caught up.

15 thoughts on “Progress, or Lack There Of: A Catch Up From the Past Few Months

  1. Ugh, I’m so sorry she’s reverting like this. Don’t blame yourself. You are a very capable rider, and sometimes these things happen despite what we do. Hoping your come to Jesus plan is super successful!

  2. Has she had her vision checked? Sounds alot like a horse I know that has uveitis…
    I’m sitting on the edge of my seat, here! What’s going on with that mare??
    If you need a nice, easy ride, come join me with the Fancy Pony anytime! Seriously!!

  3. I’m so sorry you’re going through this! It is so frustrating to go through something like this for months, and have no answers. It isn’t you. It really isn’t. I hope your new plan works and you get your partner back!

    I feel you on the ‘Sorry I’m being depressing thing’. I have scaled back blogging as much because I feel like I don’t want to bring everyone down. 😦

  4. what a serious frustration – esp after all your work to make her happy and comfortable and still not see any change for the better. dont’ beat yourself up about it tho – you didn’t create this. hopefully you and your trainer will figure something out. whether it’s discovering some mysterious but easily remedied physical thing, or a CTJ moment (or two…). good luck!

  5. This is one of those times where it truly sucks that horses can’t just tell us what is wrong. She can be such a good girl so I certainly think she has some issue that you haven’t found yet. Just curious if she is just as spooky about poles if you take her in and walk her over them with no tack on? I know you will keep pushing to get her back to the right frame of mind!

  6. Ugh, I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I can’t imagine how frustrated you must feel! I wish I knew you IRL/lived nearby so I could invite you on a nice, worry-free ride on Max. I know when I’m experiencing problems with Gatsby, all I crave is a simple, fun ride with friends. Best of luck and I hope you find her problem soon/her come to Jesus intervention works!

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