|Isabel and Martini showing us how it's done, after the incident.|
The mare started out really well. We jumped the Pre-Entry and Entry parts of the train and then our coach had us jump the Pre-Training coop in the train. Mare sailed over it like it was NBD. We moved over to the new complex and did the Entry line a few times before she had us do the Pre-Training bench. I will admit that the bench freaked me out a little so I let the mare duck out the first time. But the second time I actually rode it and she just popped right over it.
The pipeyard also went superbly until we went for the Pre-Training coop with two half circles cut into the bottom. I got the first actual fear response from the mare. About 12 strides out she got a good look at it and started snorting and refused to move forward. I got her going and she slammed on the brakes in front of the fence. I made her walk up to it, she sniffed it and then we were good to go. I planned to trot on the reapproach but the mare picked up a canter 4 strides out and carried me right to the fence. The other girls also all had refusals at that fence, on much more experienced horses.
We also jumped the airplane on the first try. Considering last time this jump brought out a rear-and-spin I considered it a vast improvement.
|The jump she would not jump...|
|Too bad Tipperary doesn't have a frequent buyers card. This is my third helmet in the past 18 months.|
I got back on and rode for another 20 minutes, schooling banks, the ditch and the water all without issue but it was decided that I shouldn't try the feeder again that day.
This day was the straw that broke the camels back. I don't know how to deal with the mare and her tendency to flip a switch and turn into Mr.Hyde. The fence is not big, it's not even that scary but once she got it in her head that she didn't want to jump it I was unable to convince her that that is an unacceptable answer.
It's time for me to get some more help than my coach can provide. The mare is going for training for the month of August. We will see how that goes and go from there. It's disheartening to have to send her but something has to give, and I would prefer it not to be my body.