Wednesday, February 20, 2013
"I don't lunge Riley every day -- but when I do, it's exciting."
Ouch. The no-turnout Riley is a different kind of horse to lunge. As I said on Facebook, he was cantering pretty nicely, and suddenly bolted, cutting across the circle bucking and farting. There I was, holding a slack line, and looking at the powerhouse of a horse careening away. I felt like Wile E. Coyote holding the rope attached to the anvil that was just tipped over the edge of a cliff.
Jolt! Zing! Boingg......
I did hold on through quite a jolt, and Riley cam back pretty readily, but despite my wearing thick gloves and a helmet, I managed to bugger up my ring finger. I rode Riley the next day with a claw for a left hand, and while Riley was okay it hurt. I lunged him the next few days, and his behavior was marginal until I finally just had a little tantrum of my own. It's amazing how quickly this horse backs down -- my own fault for not setting a tone sooner.
But how fortuitous is it that Redmond Equine sent me their First Aid for Horses bentonite clay at the height of the bruising and swelling? I don't know much about it but I tried it tonight. At the moment it feels cool and soothing. Stay tuned for an update on how I like the product -- and a giveaway.