Friday, October 5, 2012
So I turned her out in the arena to stretch her legs while I did stalls and so she could get some of her kicks out after being in all day and maybe get used to the rain on the roof. I'm not sure why rain over your stall is ok, but rain over the arena roof is NOT OK.
Don't get me wrong, she's not a bolter like Nikki (ahhhh, those were the days), she might get a little jumpy and spook in place a bit but that's it. Her problem is that she doesn't want to put her head down on the bit, or go on the right rein. All ears must be on the spooky door, and any monsters that might drop off the roof. She'll trot around fine but she certainly doesn't look like she enjoys what she's doing and there isn't any soft to be found unless I brought a pillow into the arena.
These are what I call "meh" rides. Every now and then your horse is going to have an off day and he is going to be all "meh" about being ridden. Not bad, just not good. I don't necessarily think of this as a schooling opportunity although maybe that's not the right idea. I think of it as a get it done and as long as it doesn't happen often no big. I never get really good rides out of anyone after they've been in all day, especially if it's raining hard while I'm riding. I really probably wouldn't bother to ride at all on those days, and sometimes don't. Tonight I used it as a "I'm going to ride you even if you don't like it" learning opportunity. So I'm looking forward to a jumping lesson next week, I'm not a big jumping without instruction person and it would be awful nice to get a lesson before my next horse show. Tonight, meh.