Last week I actually rode my horse during the week. This happened because several majikal things aligned, so naturally it was an awful ride.
Majikal Reasons why my Ride Couldn't Have Been Good:
1. My brother actually offered to come with me
2. I didn't have any work to bring home with me
3. My brother was available for photos/video
4. IT WAS ALMOST 60 DEGREES
So naturally, my horse was unrideable.
Now most people in blogger-land don't know Mollie THAT well at this point, but I am very pleased to say that she is a very level horse. It takes a LOT to spook her/unsettle her/etc. and while she wasn't always like this it is something we've worked very hard on. And I'm pretty damn proud of the fact that I can now take her and ride her in almost any environment without issue.
So you can basically imagine my surprise when I brought her to the indoor and she became a fucking freak show and absolutely REFUSED to cross over the centerline of the ring and go anywhere near the right side of the arena... It was like there was a god damned force field down the centerline that she refused to cross without elevator-dropping, spinning, and leaping through the air. My biggest regret is not having my brother video any of this... I was too busy being pissed at my nutcase horse to realize I'd want to share this with the internet.
I tried everything I could, Mollie would periodically trot on a 5 meter circle, then freak the F out again. I was mostly annoyed that she wasn't paying attention to me. If she's legitimately scared then no problem, but she needs to still respect me and my space. I ended the ride by hopping off and hand walking her up and down the highly offensive end of the arena. It didn't help. I quit.
Looking back perhaps there was something going on in the woods outside of the arena... I really have no idea. Here's to hoping next time I ride she's forgotten all about it ;)