OMG! Chrome was acting so mellow in the pasture I honestly thought this would be a piece of cake, relaxing ride..... yeah right! He was such a turd. First of all, here are the ride stats (I LOVE Endomondo!).
Liz do you put yours on running?
The first 1.91 miles was on the road and the rest was in the pasture. The part on the road took approximately thirty minutes. Google Earth said we only went 1.54 so it's been off this whole time because it is straight lines where Endomondo tracks all of our weaving and stuff. The difference is .37 of a mile, so it's not much, but it will be nice to have accurate information for 2015. We went back to the gravel road hill, intending to go all the way to the end (it's a dead end), but when we got to the top of the hill there was fresh gravel really thick and no ditch to ride in, so we turned around and went back down. At the bottom of the hill hubby asked what I wanted to do next and I was so frustrated I said I just wanted to go home.
He started out fine, even on the road while the neighbor horses galloped up to us. Then they started following and then they took off running. That's when he just about lost it. He was prancing around, trying to trot, gawking, etc., but amazingly he didn't try to bolt or anything. It's so hard to get his attention back on me in the halter though. I did some lateral flexion (one rein stop) until he stopped trying to trot and prance and jig.
Then as soon as we got to the end of their pasture he started balking again, as usual. I kicked the snot out of him and we continued on our way. Then we got to the same place where he spooked a long time ago while I was riding bareback and I caught it on video (post here). He spooked today and almost spun all the way around back toward home. I straightened him out and booted him along and he spooked again (not as big). I could hear stuff moving so I think it was deer again. He was eyeballing it after that... then a school bus was coming up behind us... I got him off in someone's yard and turned him to face the bus. At this point I wanted to get OFF! I haven't felt like that in a long time. However I stayed on and he was totally fine with the bus. So we continued on the way and he wanted to trot, dodge into the field and act spooky about trash cans... in other words he was just full of it!! There was also a LOT of traffic. Wrong time of day to ride on the road.
We went to the gravel hill and started trotting up, then a car turned on the road of course, so I stopped him and let them pass. Then I continued up. Hubby biked almost all the way to the top. I was amazed! There is no way I could have done that. At the top we saw the gravel, went back down and I decided to go back home. There was a ton of traffic and he was still gawking and being stupid. Every horse we passed had to neigh at us too. Not sure what that was about. He was a turd until we got to within sight of home and then he dropped his head and chilled out. I was seething. That's why I decided to work his butt in our arena when I got home. If he was going to make me work that hard on the road I was going to make him work hard at home.
He was being barn sour in the arena, but a few flexions and the use of a stick as a riding crop got him over the balking and trying to turn around. Then he was totally fine of course, but my stupid jeans were riding up and I couldn't trot more than a few steps before I had to fix them. I have to remember to wear breeches next time even if I think I'm only going to be walking out on the road. I did canter him from the driveway to the pasture and again from the back pasture to the gate and he was perfect. He has such an amazing canter.
The funny thing is while we were working in the arena Zep was feeling his oats and goofing off and being adorable. I gave up on doing anything productive and started taking pictures of Zep while hubby took video.
Pawing the ground.
Saying hi to Chrome and squealing at him trying to get him to play.
He was full of it.
Big bad Led Zeppelin!
He wasn't even doing that to anyone, just playing all by himself!
I started herding him.
Wish this wasn't blurry. Some weird running and kicking move.
Zep chased the dogs and goats too. He followed us around. He tried to destroy my arena marker buckets. He was just full of himself! Here's the video. I tried to cut out as much of the boring stuff as possible while leaving Zep's antics in it. Enjoy!
The good news is Chrome has stopped expecting to be fed as soon as I untack him. He just stands there asking me to scratch his head and then goes to his hay bale, ignoring his feed bucket. Score!
So it wasn't a bad ride, just frustrating, but that's life with a green horse. I'm just not used to all of this energy because I never used to ride in the cold weather. Oh and he's gotten a THICK winter coat finally. I don't think I've ever seen his coat that thick. :)