Tuesday, October 20, 2009
One of Those Days
Today wasn't one of Maisie's and my better days. It was warm - low 50s - with only a little wind - a nice day for a relaxing trail ride. Maisie and I went on a trail ride, which should have been fun and was for part. We were trying our Dr. Cook's bitless bridle for the trail - she really seemed relaxed in it and was halting, backing and turning well. As we started to turn for home, we met a friend who was walking her dog on the trail and stopped to talk. Maisie decided this was annoying, and started to fret and paw - we backed a step or two each time and she stopped, although she was clearly impatient. As we kept on towards home, she got increasingly fretful - trying to jig and even threatening to buck when I asked her to walk. I didn't have the patience today to do some serious work on her barn-sour behavior - the correct thing, I believe, since she's not sound enough at the trot to do strenuous work - in which case I'd work her hard away from home each time she jigged or thought about bucking - is just to turn her and walk vigorously away from home, or do the "just-standing-around" exercise. I didn't have the patience today, so I just dismounted and led her, stopping and standing or backing if she started to fret. This didn't help my sore hip, which was significantly worse by the time I remounted closer to the barn. We did some more work away from and back to the barn, and that was OK, so I guess we ended on a somewhat good note. I didn't work with Dawn, just picked her feet - by that point my hip was really complaining - ah, the benefits of getting older!