Sunday afternoon was the first time I was able to visit my horse and ride this weekend. When I pulled her out of her stall she resisted, didn’t want to follow me and she gave me the clear eye telling me: I don’t want you to bother me now. Too bad I told her, we have some work to do. As I brushed her down each time I came near the left loin she raised a leg to kick. That’s naughty! I spanked her hard for it. Even if she is hurting kicking is not the answer for her to use. I was concerned though because obviously something was bothering her and I didn’t have any idea. I walked her for a while around the property but we didn’t ride. The same thing happened when I went to ride on Monday so I called the equine chiropractor to see if she was in some sort of pain.
Laugh if you want to because I have a chiropractor for my horse. But ultimately it comes down to my safety, even though her comfort is high on my priorities. If she is hurting and I get on her back, she’s more likely to buck or rear and drop me. I’m wise to listen to her pain and protect myself at the same time. Turns out she had a rib out of place but there’s more than that going on.
She’s in “season”. It changes her personality completely. As we pass by any gelding she waves her behind and lingers there for him to get the aroma of her condition. She squirts pee often in case any of the males were uncertain it was her that’s hot and bothered. She is usually very quiet, but lately she’s excessively vocal. Any horse who calls out somewhere on the property will get a prompt response from her. I interpret this as, “I smell something good!” and she says, “It’s me! Come and get it. But wait for my mom to leave because she said no.” This condition comes with a few more details that affect my riding. She gets menstrual cramps, hence the irritation and interest in kicking me for touching her. She’s moody too, scared of a butterfly, unwilling to do the simplest request in the arena, and impatient with me pawing to get free from the cross ties. She even set back during her shower to get free from a tie.
I asked for some midol. Does it come in horse strength? My trainer laughed and said what she really needs is a good workout. And I thought about it, when I’m menstrual and moody, a good workout does just the thing for me too. All my life I have mostly been surrounded by boys. And now my horse is preparing me for the teen years with our little girl. I am learning to tip toe, and be a brick wall too if necessary. I wonder what I will get today when I appear at her stall? Will she greet me? Or will she turn her butt to me and say, go away? Either way, she’s getting a good workout today.