I have mentioned this before but it is pretty crazy how fast I forgot all of the trials and tribulations of bringing Houston along. Green horses are a very rewarding but it isn’t a walk in the park as many of you know. I jumped head first into horse ownership with a barely 3 year old thoroughbred and it really has been smooth sailing. We have some baby willies and tantrums occasionally but nothing too extreme… Until Wednesday night that is.
I am fine. Annie is fine. No one was hurt. I didn’t even hit my head which probably would have made me more angry than the fall itself if I had to replace my helmet.
I had a few choice words, lunged her for a minute, and hopped back on. As Amanda said “welcome to babies”. I was going to have a fall eventually and I would rather have it happen at home. I will start riding the little ginger with a stick. I hate carrying one but I won’t lie I am ogling over the Signature Spurs Bat that Gingham purchased recently… Realistically I will most likely just buy a monogram for my Beval Bat because $$.
Anyways I hopped back on and what do you know Annie was a little angel. I think that the combination of not being ridden since the weekend and no turnout due to weather probably gave her a little more spice than she needed and once I got the edge off we had a really nice productive ride. I really don’t like to lunge before each ride but I will probably make it part of the program if I can’t ride consistently until she is more broke.
Do any of my fellow green bean survivors have any tips or tricks for a sassy ginger? She gets obstinate about going forward and then throws a tantrum. I am really thinking that the stick will help provide more serious reinforcement but I’m open to more ideas (in addition to the ones that I have from my trainer).