An interesting session with Benny and Sally Ede. Took him over the road to the sandschool, very high on adrenaline when we got there. Tried to settle him on the ground but he kept flipping back to being very anxious. Sally got on him and he reared a few times, she was very focused and managed to calm him and walk round the school. We then decided to do more ground work, had him on the 22ft line and he tried to run off, I managed to hold him and disengage but he did rear online. I now have to make decision where to persevere with more online work or to get a horse I can ride now and feel safe on. Benny is lovely at home, but he becomes a different horse in unfamiliar surroundings. I do not feel he is safe for me to hack alone and if he rears like he did today it will do my confidence no good.
I will do some more groundwork with him in the sandschool – if I can hire it again. I really need to see what he is like away from the field. He is calm and I have ridden him on my own with the other horses around, but if I can’t ride him with out this behaviour kicking in every time he gets anxious then I may have to part with him.