Way back when I was having the clinic with Danique I remember her talking to me about Carmen. She told me that Carmen was a beautiful and smart horse. Which I agreed with, of course. She paused and then said 'she's not a horse for just anyone though'. And that is the total truth.
A. horse like Carmen wears her emotions on her sleeve. There's never any doubt about how Carmen feels. Which is different than Quaid who tends to internalise more.
|So many feelings- happy to be done the ride,
worry about the black clouds behind her, and
annoyed that I'm bugging her for a photo
The problem with Carmen is that, while it's easy to know if she's unhappy, it's not always easy to figure out why. So when she was getting resentful of being asked to go forward I had a list of things to consider:
- ulcers- unlikely but not impossible
- hocks- she's 13 this year and we're asking her to carry more behind so it would be a real possibility
- poor riding- I could be squeezing with my thighs, poking her with a spur. Honestly my flaws are endless
- checking that I'm sure I really want her to go forward
- saddle fit
|Before our ride
|after the ride
I've ridden a few times in it (when weather allows) and she's getting better and better. Today when I asked for the first trot she just moved forward with happy ears.
Best money I've spent.