OMG...I am mortified...
FROSTY was the biggest ass EVER at the barrel racing today.
I thought he was doing pretty good in the a.m.-I ponied him around while riding Spooks and Frosty was going good. That was until I changed directions and deliberately went against traffic. Frosty was pretty sure every horse that passed him was going to eat him. People kept apologizing and I kept telling them it wasn't their fault. My horse is an A.S.S. and asked them to please ignore him and keep doing what they needed to do. *I* made sure to stay out of their way, but tried to keep the pressure on Frosty. He pulled back pretty good a couple of times, but I just dallied off and Spooks yanked him back into submission.
What a nimrod!!!
**I don't recommend that everyone think that is a good idea and try it...But I have HAD IT!!!! with the stupid buckskin.
Just before the first barrel race was over, I saddled him up and lead him to the warm-up area. I just wanted to give him time to stand around with a little activity going on and check everything out. I stood there with him while visiting with a friend of mine. Frosty looked pretty bug-eyed at everything, but stood his ground. When the barrel race was over, I (still visiting with my friend), stepped to the stirrup and prepared to swing on...
Frosty blew sideways and backwards at warp speed. It surprised me and he yanked the roping rein out of my hand.
**I did not startle him...I know Frosty well enough to know not to make any sudden movements around him.
That dirty sucker, bogged his head and bucked through a line of girls sitting on their horses, bucked across the gravel and bucked smack dab into my friend's trailer...startling her horse and making him pull back.
Several people ran to help, but I asked them to please not try to catch him, he was walking toward my trailer and when he does stupid stuff like this, trying to catch him only causes him to run around like an idiot...and I did NOT need him causing any more wrecks.
We made sure everyone else was okay, my friend's horse was okay, as was her trailer. (Whew)
I went back, caught Frosty and led him straight back out. Of course, his eyes were bugging out of his head and he was acting like a total and complete bronc...blowing, snorting and bowed up.
This time I made sure to take him into the arena, stepped on and made it two whole steps before he blew up.
By this time, I was PISSED OFF!!!
I done something I have never done to the horse before...
I went to whacking him in the belly with my spurs.
I figured if he wanted to buck...I was gonna make him give me every bit he had...which of course means I usually end up on the ground...but it's amazing how tight you can stick when you know about 50 people are watching you AND I was p.i.s.s.e.d. His pig squeals went to full on bronc bellows.
Frosty decided that getting poked full force in the belly was not fun for him and he quit bucking. I won't say he rode out nicely after that...He was still being a complete Ass, but he did not try to buck again.
I didn't have a chance to really get his head 'right' before they started watering and dragging for the second race, but I had to call it good for the moment...I knew there was no way we were going to make it through that in one piece and I sure as heck did not want to get anyone else hurt in case he did get me bucked off and got away again.
So I dismounted, loosened his cinch and led him out of the arena. I figured we could just hang out there while the last few barrel racers ran and he could a.b.o.r.b. some of what is going on and hopefully figure out not everything was going to kill him.
I had several people come over to make sure I was okay...I guess Frosty bucked harder than I thought he did. I don't know...I was seeing red at that time and I don't really remember much when I get that pissed off. I apologized to everyone for his ridiculous behavior...because really...who wants to be the one who takes a total bronc someplace and cause problems?
Not two seconds later, Frosty blew backwards, but this time I had a good hold on the reins and when he couldn't get away, he started spinning in circles. I know for a fact that my feet came off the ground more than once. No way was I letting go of those reins. I just ran and let him spin me in circles like a propeller, til he finally stopped. He was practically sitting down and here I am flopping around like a fish on the end of the line trying to find my feet, which wasn't helping calm him down any...Aggghhh!!!
By this time I am absolutely mortified and decide to get him completely out of sight. I took him back to the trailer to wait until the 2nd barrel race was over. What I wanted to do was take him back to the trailer and apply a little 2x4 logic to him.
**I don't do that...but that doesn't mean it doesn't cross my mind.
Second barrel race over and everyone clearing out...Back to the arena we go. This time there was no major blow-up...I AGAIN apologized to everyone for my horse's ridiculous behavior and told them that in the future I would make sure to keep him as far from everyone as possible, but the only way he was ever going to get over acting like this was if I keep hauling him and forcing him to learn how to deal with 'the public'. Everyone was really nice about it and told me I hadn't caused anyone any problems (except for the initial wreck). Frosty finally kind of mellowed out. I won't say we reached a 'good' place, but he was doing what I asked and did not blow up when I got after him.
There's only going to be two outcomes to Frosty's fits...either he is going to kill me or I am going to break him from blowing up every.single.time something frightens him. This is just above and beyond ridiculous. This is a 9 y/o horse that has been hauled thousands of miles. He may not have been around tons of activity, but he's not exactly 'new' to the concept. There is no reason for this horse to act like this, except he thinks he can get away with it. Ain't happening!!!!
On a much happier note...Moon ran beautifully again and placed 5th in the Money Added barrel race and 3rd in the CWBRA race. Yaayyyyy $$$!!! I carried my time over, so he only ran once. I don't think Moon is ready to run 2 runs in one day. I'd like to have him a little more solid before doing that and maybe in a little better shape. He's running right in there with the tuff's though. I wasn't quite sure how to approach this run...should I let him coast or push him? I think it is more terrifying getting ready to run after a few good runs than it was when we were messing up all the time. In the end, I just let Moon do his thing. I don't have to ask him to run, he just does. Now that I have that firmly engrained in my head...I can focus on doing what I need to do to help him. I still feel like we are running a little wild, but friends say our runs look good and smooth. The clock says the same thing, so I am not going to dwell on what I might have done different. I think Moon has more to give, it's just going to take time and I see no reason to push. He'll give it to me when he's ready. I will say this though...there was one gal there that is usually the one to beat. She ran a 17.97...Moon ran a 18.01. If he's hot on the tail of that gal and the seasoned horse she runs...I'm ecstatic.