Yesterday……….Not cue for a song.
I am going to relate an incident that happened, while riding, yesterday with friends. It all started innocuously enough, a few snickers and squeals. But nothing that would indicate the future.
It was raining when we left the Forestry Commission car park, at a little after 10 am. Nothing to heavy, just one of those Drizzle`s!
After about 20 minutes, I moved my horse to the front of the line of four, as we were doing a different trail and the others hadnt been before. Gracie was fine, a little “sprightly”, perhaps looking back, we could say “eager?”
The trail lead through Forest, and felled woods, we were all chatting quite amiably, when, for no apparent reason, Gracie decided she had to be next to one of the two geldings in the party. From then on, things got a little bit tiresome! Side stepping, head tossing, and the odd “look at me” buck! The gelding reacted with a upward kick, this caught my right leg, and Gracie`s flank. She was starting to become, really strong, and just was not paying any attention to me. This was not the horse I owned! It must be an alien! Thats how it felt. Any way, I decided to circle her, try and get her attention, but to no avail. Meanwhile the others had moved on downhill. They were some distance away, maybe 400 yards? Then it happened.
Within a milli second, she had whipped round and was charging off downhill at speed! I tried desperately to turn her, but without any response. There was nothing for it! Hang on, and see where she went!!
As we caught up with the others, they moved aside, (probably heard my shouts!) Gracie was still full speed, we got to the bottom of the hill. It was here I managed a one rein stop! I was hauling for all I was worth on this one rein………..she started to circle left and finally came to a grudging halt! To say i needed a fresh change of underwear, would be an understatement!
The rest of the ride for me was called off. I rode her back to the trailer, all the while she was constantly jogging, very bouncy, and without any real acknowledgement of my presence! We arrived back at the trailer. I checked all the tack, it was her usual kit. No changes or faulty kit.
As I skirted round the rear of the horse, I maybe found the cause. I`m not saying that it is, but hey? It`s the only other explanation. She lifted her tail and winked!
Got to be in season. Later that day, I found her displaying to one of the geldings in an adjacent field. I thought it was a bit late for this time of the year. Anyway, I learned something again, horses are just animals, and can be unpredictable, as was proved to me. That horse had never really put a foot wrong, in all the time I have owned her. You never know. Never really liked galloping downhill!