Last weekend, I started to saddle up Zoey when I saw she was missing one of her shoes. I immediately had my boys start looking for it in the arena. I always try to find them in case a nail was still stuck to it. I didn’t want Zoey or Hondo to accidentally step on it and get a nail in one of their feet. Luckily we found the shoe and two of the nails were still in it.
I have been very fortunate with a really good Farrier. In all the years with the same Farrier, None of my horses had ever gone lame or even lost a shoe prior to Zoey losing hers. I went and looked at the calendar and they were both due this last week. Zoey had lost her shoe 4 days early.
Since I couldn’t ride Zoey, I took Hondo out for a short ride. He really has gotten stiff in his backend due to his arthritis. We went out for about an hour and we both enjoyed the relaxing ride. I can’t relax on Zoey like I do Hondo. Zoey keeps me on my toes and I have to pay attention more with her. Hondo and I just meandered down the wash and kept to pretty flat ground.
I had to go on business travel last week and while I was gone both Hondo and Zoey got their new shoes. I took Zoey out yesterday and she was not very cooperative. When I head out for the trails, I pass my driveway to our home. We live on a dirt road. Zoey decided not to go pass the driveway and kept throwing a fit. Zoey doesn’t rear or buck, but she can do some prancing and high stepping when she wants her way. We ended up doing a bunch of circles. I finally got off and lunged her right on the dirt road. Once I did that, Zoey must have remembered that she was not the boss. I got back on her and we rode right pass our driveway without any further problems!
Out on the trail, Zoey was being very pushy and I had to make her do some exercises to get her mind on working and not home. We finally got settled and had a nice ride after that until we got closer to home again, Zoey decided to go at her pace and not mine. Zoey wanted to rush home and I wasn’t letting her. She decided to prance and high-step while going sideways down the trail. The closer we got to home, the more I had to hold her back. I finally got off her and lunged her. We were about 1/8 of a mile from home. I went to get back on her and she decided she wasn’t going to stand still. I was having a hard time getting back in the saddle. The last time I went to getup, she started to take off and I held her head so she could only turn in a circle. I ended up on the ground and a huge bruise on my underarm where I got it stuck on the saddle. It was like a rug burn, but from the leather of the saddle. After that, I decided to walk her home, but I walked extremely slow and made sure Zoey stayed in her space and not mind. She was not happy….
After we got home, I got on her and rode her up and down the road to ensure Zoey knew I was boss…. Tomorrow (Monday) I am trailering Zoey with my friend and her horse to a place called Gardner Canyon. It’s about 50 miles away and they have a nice 11 mile trail for equestrians. I’m pretty sure Zoey will behave due to we will be on unfamiliar territory. I will write about it next time…….