So, think Valiosa came home after a 4 week stint in Somerset transformed to an impeccable, green-but-with-high-rideability great working mare?
Not so. This is real life after all.
At Somerset, we had a bit of riding at the trot in the arena, nothing fancy, but without any drama.
Once home, very relaxed and I thought things would go fairly smooth. Sweet as honey in the barn, and really nice on the lunge line; she pulled out some new evasions under saddle already the first day.
Tuesday, despite light lunge work and a goal to do only a combined 12-15 minutes trot/walk under saddle, she ran out of the arena, twice. (Open arena, bordered by a rail road tie, so not very hard to do.)
Wednesday, funky in the walk, and after escaping the arena again, reined back, ears pinned backwards, to the leg. (Got her back in, finished with a short amount of obedient halt-walk-halt, and called it the day.)
Not very encouraging. She is in no way over-worked, pressured, or rushed. Simple stuff only, but there’s a stickiness and an evasion in there now, you can feel it.
Thursday was a rest day.
Friday lunging and then easy flat trail ride out for less than 10 minutes where she was a really good mare.
She’ll have the weekend off.
It could mean nothing. I’m still working with Alexis a little for a couple of weeks although Valiosa is home, and she’ll have some more ideas for us if this drags on next week.
So far, there’s been no “fighting” about anything in Valiosa’s training. Perhaps this is the testing period.
Ulcer treatment ordered – hoping to start in less than 6 days, if it would hurry up and get here.
If I can do this, so can you.