|Horsie and baby|
Tonight's ride was not great. Lucy was in a mood right from the start and had no interest in behaving, especially not on a long rein. She walked just fine but when I asked her to pick up a trot she was an insta-idiot. Every little sound set her off and she really wanted to be bad. So, she got her butt handed to her by moi, and she did a lot of leg yields at all three gaits.
The ride turned out ok in the end. I think this was a night she could have really used some time to either zoom in the indoor and get the sillies out, which I do not like doing but sometimes it's unavoidable, or I could have put her on a line and let her warm up really well without a rider before getting on.
|That's right, horse.|
|She was especially bad at the canter. You can almost smell the attitude here.|
|Hell yeah, look at that heel. Even out of shape I still know how to stick!|
Sigh...I guess every ride post-time-off can't be great.
After this ride, though, I am wondering if it's smart to continue working her under saddle. I think I'll give it one more shot, maybe giving her a better chance to warm up first/zoom. If she's still a wild child, that will be it for me. Not worth the risk.