For the past few weeks, Buddy and I have picked little fights with each other and just not connecting. It felt like all the work we've done last winter and spring has disappeared. He's been hollow, behind my leg, we can't find distances to the jumps, and just generally butting heads on everything.
Normally I would think he's sore, or had sometime of body issues but he was checked by the chiropractor a few weeks ago, and was declared fine (if a touch thin) so I can rule out body issues. He had his feet done the day after the chiropractor and while I wasn't there, my farrier didn't leave any word that anything was wrong, so again I can rule his feet out. I will admit that I haven't been spending as much time with him lately as I usually do and I know he can get snarky after time off.
On Wednesday I took him out the grass field to jump. He was pretty lazy to start but I had a dressage whip and after a couple whacks he started moving better. We actually warmed up pretty nicely and trotted a few little fences before tackling a couple bigger ones. Bud tried to rush a couple of them, so tried to stop and back him after the jumps. This is where things started to go wrong. He threw a fit about having to back. I'm glad no one was close enough to see because it was ugly. Head up and swinging side to side, mouth gaping, me cussing him and trying my hardest to back him up.
Since I couldn't get him to back, I thought, well we can go forward. I made him gallop around the field and then used our momentum to try a couple fences again. He was better, still fighting me but waiting to jump. I walked him for a bit, then tried one last jump and got a nice stop and back after. I called it quits with that.
Yesterday I hopped on him bareback for a quick hack around the sand arena. He was so good! Trotted nicely and actually offered to canter before I asked. He was more round and connected than he's been lately and was softer in my hand. I'm hoping that our nasty ride reset everything and I'll have my regular Bud Bud back!