I've been super busy today and haven't had time to see pony as much as I would have liked to. I rode her on monday, but it was an easy bareback trail ride, and she was already hot on monday. But then again, she's the type of horse that is ALWAYS hot. My trainer calls her the energizer bunny haha, and its so true!
But today, she was just clearly on a whole different playing field.
Usually, when asked to lope, she goes into it nicely, she'll hump up a little if you give her too much rein. Once in a while though, she will anticipate it and she will shoulder out and hip in. Today, she tried to do that, and I put leg on when I felt it begin to happen, and do you want to know what her response was? A buck!
Like, what the heck! I couldn't believe it. It didn't get me off, but it really surprised me!
I've had horses hump up on me before, but I've never had a horse actually buck. So, I was a little caught off guard, and since my trainer wasn't with me I didn't exactly know what to do. My first response was to pull her face to my knee and circle her hard and yelling at her. Then I loped her, for a while.
Hold on, it was not a lope. We galloped. She's so forward and crazy, she only lopes when you really relax into it, and no amount of relaxing could get her to slow down, so when she finally did a 'not gallop' lope, I stopped, got off, untacked, and then took her back to the place where she bucked, and lunged her until she decided she wasn't going to buck again. I was not happy with her. But honestly, I felt bad for working her, but at the same time, she had no reason to buck! The only thing I could think of was that I had too much rein on her, but I honestly don't think thats the case.
The only other thing I could think it might have been was that she didn't actually buck. Since I've never been bucked before, she may have done something else, but I thought she bucked.
Basically it felt like her butt went up higher than her shoulders. I slid forward into the saddle, it didn't unseat me, it was kinda like her back got really low, if thats a way to describe anything?
Can anyone tell me if you think she did buck?
Anyways, on a brighter note, I have a bunch of pictures that will brighten anyones day!!
This is one of the two barn cats, Miss Kitty. (The other is Waylon)
Miss Kitty is adorable! And she loves spending time in my tack room! We have to check for cats before we lock up, no one wants to lock a kitty in all night! How cute is she? Thats her favorite hangout, is that one saddle. She's super sweet though, as is Waylon, they loveee a good pet.
After I rode pony, I got a soapy bucket and washed her whites. She has such pretty high whites on all fours, and I felt like making her stand a while longer since I was still unhappy from the buck.
Look at those pretty whites :)
Which of course led to.....
Seriously pony?! Seriously!!!!
I guess she was in a bratty mood today.
But, here, meet Mario
Mario is the cutest mini in the world. He lives with pony (along with a chestnut and a bay)
He is literally like a big puppy. If you call his name he will run over to you. I've met some nasty minis too, but he is as sweet as sugar.
|In case you ever wanted to know what its like to look up the nose of a mini|
I was rubbing his forehead and accidentally did this. Woops, sorry man.
And then of course, since Mario was getting attention, Pony got jealous
Doesn't Mario have some pretty colors though?
So she came over. And then, the chestnut wanted some attention too, and ran Mario away! Poor little guy
Anyways, that was my day at the barn!
Ps. if you read my post about my blanket....
my kitty loves it.