You know what isn't a good time...? Riding a very fit event horse for the first time in 2 weeks because he has been off...holy, what an experience...!!!
Dogs in the trees = spook
Dogs in the arena = spook
A slight breeze = spook
A rock in the arena = spook
A branch overhanging into the arena = spook
A jump he has seen a million times before = spook
A set of poles lying on the ground = spook
A horse being hand walked 100 meters from the outdoor arena = spook/squeal
You get my drift.
Perhaps 'Spook' is the wrong word. I think bucking/half rearing/acting like a complete jackass is a better reference. To the point where I was telling him to 'get it together'.
Regardless, the Pickle feels good...very good and he made sure I was fully aware of that fact last night. At least I was able to make him keep his head down and we didn't look like a Giraffe in a 3 ring circus.
Note to self - Self, remember that he has had 2 weeks off, which isn't a good thing for this horse, so of course he is going to have a LOT of built up energy.
I am hoping tonight is better...what the poor bugger doesn't know is that he is in for 30 minutes of lunging (WITH SIDE REINS) on Saturday AND Sunday...jerk...that'll teach him to be a donkey.
And yes, he did in fact squeal...several times...