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Date:4/16/2014 12:53:20 AM
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Hi, left a vote. Rode Amber down the long drive way and back, she did great! So I thought lets do it again! Got down to the end, she was doing so good, so I let her have a couple of bites of grass and then we were going to head back. Well, just as she lifted her head, here came a car, going very fast, and that is all it took, we were off! So I do a one rein stop, we stand there, I tell her it is ok lets just walk back to the barn. I ask her to walk, one step, and she started to run! One rein stop again, stand, ok lets go, one step and she runs! I was seriously thinking about getting off at this point and addressing it from the ground, but I talked myself into staying on and riding it out. The good news is that I did stay on, bad news is we did nothing but circles the whole way back. I just couldn't get her to relax and calm down. I am doing my best to stay calm and relaxed, it is just hard when she just keeps wanting to bolt and not listen to me. We finally get back to the barn, I ride her into the arena, is calm now because we are back at the barn! I ride her for awhile in the arena, she was her nice calm self. So now, I am thinking I just can't stop here right? I have to address this road situation. I take her up and take the tack off, brush her out, then I hand walk her down the road. She didn't do too back getting down to the end, but once we got down there, she got nervous again. We did a lot of work down there, lots of backing, even some lunging, trying to get her to listen to me. That walk was about 45 minutes! Finally she calmed back down. I walk her back to the arena, she is a little sweaty, I just wanted her to roll. Well, I turn her loose, and "wild woman" was back! LOL! She was running around, bucking, rearing, and she was very vocal. I just left her in there until she calmed down. Close to an hour before she finally was quite. She worked herself into quite a sweat! Thank you to Brook and Diane for your advice. We are wondering if she might be going into heat. My confidence took a bit of a beating today. I know I must ride her back down there, but not in a hurry to do it. At times like this I wish I had more knowledge and experience and confidence in myself to handle it.
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