June 27, 2014

Trailer troubles, spooking, and a decent ride

I really need to get new photos
I hauled Ypke out to the nearby boarding facility for my lesson again yesterday!  Here is the rundown...

When I went to load her up I just knew there would be trouble. Sure enough, there was, but luckily after 30 minutes the beast was loaded and locked into the trailer.   

Once we arrived it was obvious that Ypke was on edge. There were 6 or so other horses being worked, and she just wanted to whinny and gawk everywhere. I started out in the roundpen and once she was going well, I took a leap of faith and rode her in the big arena with two other horses. Now I'm not gonna lie, I was rather nervous about what she was going to do and asked to be led around on a leadline for a lap. Once I figured that she wasn't being psychotic and was actually more at ease around the horses I went off by myself.

We did walk/jog and it went well!  Did some small circles, transitions, and putzed around for a bit and she seemed to be focused on the task at hand. In fact, I would say it was going great until near the end. I gave her a looser rein and about five seconds later she spooked without a warning. The spook was a bolt off to the side followed by a 180* spin. I have no clue what set her off and once again reverted back to my nervous self. I eventually calmed down after several walk/jog laps so we ended on a good note.

She refused to load on the way back and it took just under an hour til she was locked in.

In summary: Trailer loading = nightmare      Ride = Okay


  1. I like your saddle!
    I don't blame you for wanting to go on a lunge line first! I would have, but I am a nervous rider. Sounds like you did have a great ride, don't let the spook at the end take that away.

  2. Small steps are a great way to battle those nerves and gain confidence. It'll get easier and easier the more you do it.

    The loading issue is a pain, though. Hope you get that figured out soon!

    1. Thanks! The loading problem really is a pain, we will just have to really practice I suppose!

  3. Oh my goodness she is the cutest thing ever!!!!!!! I'm so glad you commented on my blog. I'm following (and will add myself to that follow gadget as soon as it start working for me again) and so looking forward to reading back through your archives! :D

  4. If she was my horse, and she spooked at the end, I would have figured she was just too good for too long and had to express herself. She sure does look pretty.


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