|Walking through fire~|
Sat. morning I saddled Farah at the trailer & we entered the arena as a few of the riders were warming up. (Luckily - I had Not mounted up yet!) In the next instant Farah erupted with a head-down full fledged bucking fit similar to an exploding volcano. She ripped the reins from my hands & caught off guard, I still managed to step on a rein & get her back just in time for her to again leap five feet off the ground in another bucking fit & again deliberately ripping the reins from my hands - took off across the arena. I caught her - apologized to all concerned & with Patrick's help - took her to the outside arena, attached a long lounge line & watched as she tore around me at a full on gallop in deep pea gravel/sand footing. This went on for what seemed forever, until she finally dropped into a trot, eventually slowed & came to me with a big blow, head down & apologetic... (Third heat cycle - third tantrum.)
This did NOT make my day! I took her back inside, mounted up & joined the class already in session. She was tense, I was tense - but it became so intense that the only recourse was to relax & go with the flow - which we did. The "normal" obstacles were easy for us, but as the day went on - as the horses would relax with what was happening around them, Bill would up the ante - siren, smoke, flares, barking & attacking dog etc. I think all of us were ready for a tall one by the time the day ended!
|Smoke so thick it was almost dark!|
|Dusty on Farah|
On into Bills' clinic we went. This day - which I don't think any of us believed possible - was even more intense than the day before. I was thrilled with how Farah responded. She LOVED "extraction" & lead the group going in to surround the police car with lights, siren & barking dog - then, follow along as close as possible as it drove safely out of the "crowd"! :-)
|We head to the car as Bill directs|
|Chasing a police car?|
|Farah (far right) spots the chopper! Her "giraffe" look!|
|Here he's coming in low & fast|
Bill was far from done with us though! We went back inside & this time did it all & all at once! Instead of "lights, camera, action", it the Mounted Police version of ; "fire, siren, smoke, flares, cars, dogs etc."
Everyone was all smiles as the day came to a close. With the welcome sunshine, Bill invited us all outside to give pointers on how to desensitize our horses for mounted shooting. Butch & I watched from just behind the shooter. Farah, at first stood beside us, but after a couple rounds - moved to a safer position behind us! :-)
It was close to 6 p.m. by the time we picked up our certificates of achievement & headed home. Thanks Bill! (Who has an evil little laugh! :-)