I'm sorry. Was I just yesterday extolling the virtues of the made horse? I may have to take that back.
Star was absolutely awful tonight. It was like she had forgotten everything she knows. The plan was just to do some dressage-y flatwork, really encouraging her to step under herself and use her hind end. Ha! The ride went something like this:
Star: Walk? What's walk? Jig? Okay.
Nicole: No, walk
Star: Unbalanced, strung-out trot? Okay.
Nicole: Walk, dammit.
Star: Back to the jig? Okay.
Nicole: Whoa and back your ass up!
Star: Back? What's back? Forward and circles? Okay.
Star: I like this one
Star: Plod? Okay
Nicole: Walk on
Star: Trot? Okay
Star: Slowly slog myself into a jog? Okay
Nicole: Trot NOW
Star: Run into a too-fast trot on my forehand? Okay
Nicole: Bend, please
Star: Bend? Huh? Giraffe?
Nicole: Give to the bit, please
Star: Need more giraffe?
And so it went. We tried a few spirals at the trot... those weren't terrible, in terms of bend, but there was ZERO impulsion. Everything about our ride just felt stiff, unbalanced, lacking impulsion and/or any semblance of hind end engagement, and completely lacking in obedience. *Sigh* I finally gave up.
I'm not going to beat my head against a wall over this, because I know it was a one-off event, but that doesn't really make it any less frusturating. It was honestly one of the worst rides I've had in a very long time - and that includes the recent falls off Sparky. *Grrr*
Horses keep you humble, I guess.