More reports from the ranch that O pony continues to be an easy going, quiet riding horse for whomever needs her. They teased me a bit saying that after two days straight of working and moving cattle my ‘super fit’ jumping horse was a hot, sweaty, sore mess for a few days. But besides her having to adjust to a different type of workload, they continue to have zero issues with her doing anything they ask.
She’s pretty much been a “yes mam” ride for them.
Which brings me to a few conclusions as we approach the 2 month mark of her being out there.
1. There is nothing wrong with her brain.
2. This was a good decision.
3. It’s looking like the program we had her in all winter may have been what made her meltdown. (Process of elimination/Duh moment)
3a FYI: The program included getting ridden 5-6 days a week, jumped two or so times.
4. She’s doing really well out in big spaces, with or without other horses. We need to accommodate this new positive aspect when she comes back with more time out of doors, even if it means skipping a ‘training ride’ or two.
5. Maybe she’s not happy doing ring work as much as hunter/jumper calls for. This is the bad news, as obviously I am a hunter/jumper rider. Perhaps we can find a middle zone with #4 and make both of us happy when she gets back. Cross training here we come.
6. That really lovely, quiet mare is still there.
7. I miss my horse.