I finally was able to see and ride Libby! After a week plus of not seeing her, I was going a bit crazy, especially since I kept getting some packages for her!
My tack trunk with all of my belongings didn’t make it to the farm until today, which was the main reason why I didn’t go out. I wasn’t going to make the drive all the way out to the hour away farm just to get stuff to drive another 45 to the other farm. So I just had to wait until it got there.
So to say I was excited to ride today is an understatement. Especially since my trainer kept sending me texts of how good shes been, and how she thinks her defiant stage is over. YAY! Maybe I don’t have to think about “solutions” after all.
So got to the barn, tacked her up, and brought her out to the ring. Got on and we noticed she was being a little finicky, we thought it was due to the new girth I just got for her, so we put her on the longe line to get her muscles a little more relaxed. I got on and she was still super tense, flighty, and just not listening. Put her on the line again, this time for much longer, and tried one more time. She was still bad. My trainer was upset, especially since she had been saying how good shes been.
So I have come to the conclusion that she is testing me, hard. Pulling, not bending, not listening overall, spooking at nothing. She was pulling on me so hard, that I was becoming numb in my left arm. And let me tell you, I’m pretty sick of it. Especially since I’ve only had a couple rides on her lately where I’ve been able to just ride. I understand that ever horse does this, they have to see how much they can get away with, but shes not getting it that I can and will make her do what I want if I have to. No more nice mom, not anymore.
On another note I got some great stuff!! I finally got Libby a new martingale, with a nameplate (fancy shmancy), a new girth that actually fits, and a Fleeceworks baby pad (my favorite baby pads, which I scored off ebay for well below market value). My next purchase is either going to be blankets, or a half pad.
Does anyone have experience with the Dover brand blankets?? I was looking at the sheets they have for sale…