But it wasn't because the pony was GRUMPY pony today. I saddled her up and rode her in the arena and it was a struggle ( but she did get the correct canter leads when I held up my end) so I gave up,swapped saddles and bits and went for a forrest ride.
Perhaps it is her gastrics ulcers back again, perhaps her feet are bothering her, perhaps it is because it is spring and she is a mare.
Or, perhaps it is because I keep doing this to her:
Sorry pony, it's for you own good.