I rode Chivas Sunday on the trails with my daughter and four other horses that Chivas did not know.
So, I quickly discovered that Chivas use of the s-hack at home is totally different than on the trails with strange horses!!
At home he went into a long, loose contact responding to just a tiny wiggle of one rein to turn and the slightest touch on both reins to get a fast stop.
On the trails, with strange horses, I could hardly hold Chivas from charging up to the other horses (I discovered he does not like to follow) and nearly had his nose to his chest to contain him. He did mostly respond to a one rein turn but with much more than a little wiggle! The problem being there is not too many places to turn a horse on a trail...
He was not watching were he was going at all, and slipped several times.
After riding slightly over 4 miles at an average speed of 3.8 mph, we get back to the trailhead and Chivas takes off like a rocket! He was definitely determined to pass up the horses in front of him! I could barely contain him at a fast gait! I really had no control
The reason I had to try to hold him then is pretty much the same as on the trails, one of their horses is a kicker, a nearly 17 hand TW kicker!
So I finally got him turned down the road I had the trailer parked and was able to slow him down. But I could easily see he was ready for more! My daughter's horse was ready for more too, and he is 22 yrs old. We are used to riding longer and faster, but my daughter Jenny wanted to hang out with her new trail friends and didn't want to go out again without the other girls.
Overall, lots of fun and I plan to keep working with him in the s-hack. I think with more practice on the trails, and longer rides, it will be fine. It's just too bad he is not a faster horse, cause he has got the heart for racing!!!!