She was all around a complete gem last night. Just perfectly quiet on the ground, bridling, standing at the mounting block, and under saddle. There was no need to longe her, and I had to pinch myself to make sure this was the same horse I'd been dealing with for the past two weeks. Yep...it was indeed still Rose.
I think the cause of her recent exciting behavior has been the combination of four things:
- Two months off
Lots of pent up baby energy.
- Cold weather
This week it's warmed back up to the 50's here.
- Being in heat
Apparently all winter this year...so much for a break from the hormones.
- Wrong feed.
Due to recent barn staff turnover, she'd been getting fed the wrong food. I discovered this on Sunday night when I fed, but just assumed it was a simple mistake. When I fed on Wednesday I realized it wasn't a one off thing. Note left and problem fixed. The new barn manager is a very nice and accommodating person. Apparently there had been a turnover/communication breakdown, which is fine. Two weeks of the wrong food certainly won't hurt her, but it might explain all the extra energy.
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Happy trails and swooshing tails!