I had planned out my day to give me enough time to groom Lucy to perfection, tack her up, and lunge her to get her nice and warmed up prior to Morgan's arrival. As usual, Lucy made my day a little more interesting, this time by throwing a hind shoe sometime during the afternoon. She just had her feet done on Thursday, too.
I was beside myself when I discovered her missing a shoe just 45 minutes before our appointment and was all ready to call Morgan and cancel. However, someone was looking out for me today because a farrier was over at the other side of the barn shoeing some of the other boarders' horses! I quickly went over, introduced myself, and then politely begged him to tack the shoe back on. 20 minutes and $20 later, the shoe was tacked on and Lucy was ready to go! I brushed her quickly and tacked up just as Morgan arrived. PHEW!
The ride itself went pretty well. I wanted Lucy to behave herself and at the same time, I needed her to show Morgan what her issues were. She did a bit of both, first acting quite innocent and charming and then getting a bit frisky when things didn't go her way. Morgan sure has her work cut out for her but I really appreciated the way she rode and handled Lucy's stunts, and I asked her to come back for round 2 next week!
Here are some photos, posted with Morgan's permission:
|Lucy ended up having to reach pretty deeply into her bag of|
avoidance tactics. She tried kicking out, tossing her head, poking her nose
out, poking her nose to the side, bucking, kicking out, hopping around...
|Morgan handled it all fairly and gracefully|
|And eventually, Lucy gave up and just behaved herself.|
We talked about what I can work on over the next seven days, and how to handle Lucy when she is bad. Morgan talked me through her thought process and what she was doing with her aids as she rode, which was very helpful.
Morgan did not feel that Lucy was being bad as a result of an injury or unsoundness. Rather, she felt it was most likely a result of her being unbalanced and tight through her body, combined with a big attitude and a preference for doing things *her* way. While I am not opposed to having my vet look at Lucy just to be safe, I don't think I will have them out before Lucy gets her Spring shots in April unless there is a change and of course I will keep an eye on her.