|I'm the lump off to the left... thanks for checking on me P!|
Just so you don't miss the highlights.... here they are:
|First big buck coming out of our rear.. it's obvious that I've already lost my seat and one of my stirrups at this point...|
|Continuing to buck across the short diagonal. At this point I have one stirrup, and no reins... dang.|
|Bailing. For the record, this is not what an emergency dismount is supposed to look like. This is a "land-on-your-back-and-you-will-feel-like-a-ragdoll" dismount.|
I am however on the up and up, and actually managed to dress myself this morning (yay!) though the bra proved a bit challenging at first.. The Boy is unfortunately dispatched east of the mountains for a job for the week... so he got his nursing in on Monday... but is thankfully not around to witness the tea drinking, advil crunching, peanut butter demolishing tragedy on the couch that I can become... (though I have managed to watch more Keeping up with the Kardashians then I ever thought I would and got oddly hooked on Say Yes to the Dress).
I must say that my equitation looks like crap. I understand that perfect eq during bucking fits doesn't top my "things to school in our next lesson" list, but usually I sit down and ride it out a little better.. I'm blaming the Black-Stallion-Rear-Session for my less than stellar grippy-ness.
Anyway, a number of you commented on the fairly large probability that her behavior is stemming from a pain response. I'm not sure where I sit on that (ha.. sit... ) right now. Last summer I was CONVINCED that she was in pain, and that was the issues behind the bucking in hand, bucking under saddle, bucking while being ridden, etc..
However, I'm currently less convinced. She's had full work ups on her back, and more body work/chiro attention than I care to admit. So far there's nothing that suggests a painful joint of deterioration... What I do know is that she acts like this when she's in heat (though she shouldn't be right now..) and is totally capable of not being sticky (going forward) and also capable of not bucking (at all) when she's distracted and happy. This tends to happen when other horses are in the ring, or she's fat and warm.
Also, when you smack the twilight out of her, she stands stock still and behaves like an angel. When the BO had a conversation with her after my fall, she was able to get on, and move forward with no issues... no hesitation, no balking, no bucking.
Additionally, when she is slow to start and gets stuck behind my leg.. its always in the same place. It always happens on the open side of our circle, closest to the gate. Always. And the objection totally dissipates within the first 5 minutes of our ride.
Now... getting her relaxed and swinging through her back is another issue entirely.. but it happens, and she's able to stay in work 6 days a week without getting increasingly sore, or objectionable. In fact, she tends to get less objectionable.
Which has me currently leaning toward "attitude," but by know means would I bet my life on it.
If it is attitude, then that is another topic entirely. One for another day, after more thinking and less pain killers in the system.
I am going out to the barn tonight to make her grain boxes and groom the mare up. I'm still not exactly in what I would call "rideable" condition, but the mare and I should kiss and make up.
But for now, here's the vid. Not that dramatic, but certainly not comfortable...