I don’t do psychics, mediums, horoscopes, or anything like that. Never have. But this horse may just push me to calling up Miss Cleo.
P had Friday-Sunday completely off, and my friend came and magnawaved him Friday afternoon. He loooo-oooves his PEMF and always gets the droopy lip by the end of the 40 minutes.
Saturday and Sunday, I had the kids so did the parent thing.
Then my husband came home because he hurt his back at work and is on medical leave until it’s better. So…bad for our bank account but good for extra horse time!
Yesterday work finally ended and I headed out to assess and hopefully ride. BO said he and his pasture mate were cantering in the pasture, so that was a good sign. He still seemed angry about being groomed, but he’s always been like that. At this point I have no idea if he’s back sore or thin-skinned. I palpated his back and there was no flinching or dropping, he just put his ears back and looked around at me like, “What are you trying to get me to do?”
So I tacked him up and we headed to the jump arena. I had hiked a couple of the jumps up a couple holes and added my own special treat for him: my muck bucket wrapped in green carpet, complete with guiding poles pointing straight to the bucket.
P was a bit spooky, which I was actually glad to see, but warmed up nicely. It didn’t take me 20 seconds to get the canter, but he also didn’t run off with me, which has not been my normal ride after him having 3 days off. I also had to be super light with my half halt to get him to come back- usually I have to apply it, erm, rather strongly. But I figured what the heck, he seems ok, start the jumping, shall we?
I popped over a little vertical a few times (the yellow one in the background of the above picture) and then headed him for my homemade beauty. And he…jumped it.
Maybe it’s a false alarm. But no, he jumped it from the trot and canter multiple times, both directions, even after I raised the pole a couple holes. The other horses in the arena were all spooking at it just walking by it, so we demonstrated that it was indeed a jump repeatedly, as well as added in a couple of the other jumps.
I know it sounds like I’m complaining that my horse didn’t stop at any jumps. I’m not, I’m just utterly confused. This is the horse that, 4 days before, jumped multiple jumps that he’s previously stopped at and one he’s never seen before, but then stopped at the rolltop that he’s jumped DOZENS of times. We don’t see half the stuff that he jumped at Trainer B’s at BN. What we DO see are rolltops. So here I am, all excited to recreate our issue at home and…there’s no issue. And I DON’T GET IT.
Today is a flat day, but tomorrow I’m going to pull the carpet out again and cover one of the coops with it. BO had it stored because no one jumped it, but she’s bringing it back out for me. I love that place. It’s like being on vacation.
In other news, since Husband is home that frees up this weekend to do horse stuff and I’m in a dilemma.
One of my friends invited me to a clinic with Wolfgang Winters after a participant had to drop out of because her horse went lame. I’ve never heard of him before, but friend says he’s a good instructor. Clinic is 2 hours away at a gorgeous farm in SC with a real XC course. Saturday is SJ stuff and Sunday is XC. With the HT being the following weekend, it might be a good idea to get P out on XC, since we weren’t able to go schooling last weekend.
Orrrr…..new barn friend is going trail riding.
What would you do?