Saturday, April 16, 2016
Chrome Ride 129 - 100 Ride Challenge Ride 15 - Rocky Ride 8 (with us)
We rode kind of late, so this is the only picture I got. The rest were too blurry. All I have to say about Rocky is that he was a barn sour butt!! Chrome on the other hand did a really good job. He was very forward and happy to be out. We went the same direction as last time. When we got to the where we turned around before I stopped to let Rocky catch up. Rocky was balking and trying to turn around. Being very unpleasant. Then we kept going, but when we got near the horses pastured on that part of the road, both horses got excited. Rocky started acting up which caused Chrome to get excited (but he didn't do much, just flagged his tail and danced in place a bit). A truck was coming and stopped because we were in the middle of the road. The pastured horses took that opportunity to bolt and Rocky came unglued. We finally just dismounted because it was too dangerous with traffic.
We walked about a tenth of a mile back toward home and I got back on Chrome. We were very disappointed in Rocky, so when we got back to the driveway we kept going. We didn't want him to be rewarded for bad behavior any more than he already was (hubby getting off-he couldn't get back on because the saddle rolls if you don't use a mounting block). We went up and down in front of the driveway, passing it multiple times. Our total distance on the road was 1.61 miles.
When we got back to the house Chrome started being a butt about wanting to go back to the car to untack because that's where Rocky was. He was balking and trying to turn around. That really irritated me because it was bad enough one horse was being that way. Chrome wasn't being nearly as insistent or ugly about it, but I wasn't going to let it slide. I kept walking him to my car, turning around and walking away. He finally stopped balking, but he was walking really slow going away, so I was making him trot, but even then he was hesitating. I finally broke a branch (more like a twig) off a tree and used it to encourage him forward. It was a tiny, very flimsy stick and I only had to pop him with it twice before he started listening to gentle tickles of the stick lol. I finally had him walking the same speed no matter what direction we were going and I called it good.
After putting Chrome up I worked on teaching Rocky to longe (not sure if he's ever done it). I didn't want Rocky to think he was getting out of work by being a brat. He definitely needs more work on longeing. He circled decently, but he was dragging me in the direction he wanted to go. I'm glad I wore gloves. I need to set my round pen back up so he has boundaries. If you guys were teaching a strong, grown horse to longe would you use a halter in a round pen or try teaching it with a bit?? I'm leaning toward halter in a round pen. I don't think I've ever worked with a horse who dragged me before. Or if I did, I don't remember it. I think I need to back up a few steps and work on teaching Rocky to give to pressure on the halter. He was trained to neck rein, so he does not give to a bit or halter very well at all (I've done a little lateral flexion, but had to quit because of my shoulder... he's VERY heavy and difficult to flex). I'm seriously thinking he needs to be trained as if he were an untouched, untrained horse. I can see so many basic steps that were skipped in his training!!
So all in all it was a good ride for me. I enjoyed Chrome out on the road, even though he was a turd at home, but he worked through that. Watching how resistant Rocky is makes me realize how well trained and willing Chrome is, even on a bad day... I don't want to be down on Rocky, but I also don't want to pretend he was an angel. I just hope I can get him over this because I don't want hubby to dislike riding with me!
Anyway it's late and I'm rambling. I'm going to go to bed. Night!
P.S. I almost forgot! The new job is going fantastic. I had my second PT appointment which was good and I haven't had any nerve pain in my neck or shoulder in over a week! :D
P.P.S. The only time Chrome spooked was when a bird flew up next to us. It was a small spook. He was fine with the dog pack. He was decent with the horses, other than the flagged tail and prancing. He's a good boy.
ETA: I forgot to mention I rode Chrome 57 minutes minus the five or so minutes of walking during the ride.