Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 5 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, April 2014. The roses are blooming!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Training setback with Sunni


First, I want everyone to know that Valerie is okay, BUT...

While she was riding Sunni on Thursday, he spooked. She wasn't ready for that (he bunny hopped) and was thrown against the metal railings of the round pen. She is okay, but she cut her hand and bruised several ribs. Of course, she sent him around and around and around the round pen and then put him away for the day. She is on vacation with her family this week and we will have to rethink his training when she returns. He still needs a LOT of groundwork! In the meantime, I am working with Gigondas in the round pen. She is doing very well. She remembers her lessons and is no longer the scared, nervous horse she was 2 years ago when we first got her. Quad continues to recover and we will see the horses this afternoon after school.

4 comments:

Kate said...

Unlikely that he meant to dump her. Hope she feels better soon. Some horses, when a rider falls off after everything has gone well, become very worried - hope that doesn't happen with him.

Molly said...

Uh oh. If it can happen to Valerie, it could happen to anyone. I'm so sorry. Do you think Sunni was embarrassed after his panic attack?

~JarieLyn~ said...

I really love hearing the stories about your horses.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

I am so sorry to read about Valerie. Any horse can spook at anytime, Sunni will have some think time.