Friday, August 1, 2008
You can't catch me! Naughty horse
So day before yesterday my friend and I planned a little afternoon trail ride just around our local ski trails and such - no trailering. BUT: her mare had a different idea and would not be caught!! She is pastured in the biggest segment of our boarding facility and it is huge! by local standards. The horses can run for about a half mile from one end to the other. And there are two sections fenced with choice at the outset, so if you are trying to find a horse and pick the wrong section, you will later have to clamber under the electrified fence.
We caught the mare finally after 2 hours of sweating and running, keeping her from joining the herd, and making her keep trying. I have to tell you it was a buggy humid sweaty misery.
The we had 2 lines of thought about what to do with her:
1. Love her up and make the catch a pleasant experience, no work.
2. Work her hard to show her that running away in the pasture doesn't = no work and a love-up session.
We decided on 2, modified: not such hard work, but Work in the roundpen to underline our authority haha.
We did get to ride out and had a good time, but my friend is understandably concerned as this has now happened twice in a week - The Great Chase. Any advice about what might be going on?