SweetPea and VH and I were going to ride on the trails tonight (Wednesday). VH was kind enough to trailer two of her horses out (one for SweetPea to ride, since Flash is off after the endurance ride). I got there a little before they did, got Trigger out, took him to the arena but he didn't feel like running or rolling, so I took him down to the tree, groomed him, and tacked him up. The gals showed up and got their horses ready. I took Trigger to the mounting block and got on. He felt fine, and I actually felt fairly good, too. A few butterflies, but I was ready to DO this thing. I walked him toward the barn to meet the gals and their horses, and as we approached the barn, he sped up a little. I went to turn him so we'd be perpendicular to the barn instead of headed right INTO it, and he got pissy. At first I figured he was just evading, like the night before when we were trying to get him to go back into the roundpen. But then there was no mistaking it--he crowhopped.
|You can't really tell in these photos that it was completely soggy, and much yellower than the fresh clean hay in his bucket.|