Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
To the OP - I love Fox Hunting and am in a wonderful and amazing community for it.
My TB is just the same way. Out on Fox Hunts, he is strong, forward, and excited. He is in his favorite place, surrounded by 20 - 30 other horses who love it as much as he, and of course the hounds, the horns and the face paced tempo of the whole thing.
I use a 3 ring, french link. 2 reins.
I'll tell you what - I spend up to 5 days a week working on Flat Work and 1 lesson a week under a 3rd level Dressage Competator/Trainer and I always ride Seat into Legs into Hands to Soften.
He is wonderful when we hack in small groups. He is wonderful when we school in the arena and out on the CC course and at HT's and Comps. We are both in tune together and responsive.
But out on Hunts, large groups of riders, busy atmosphere - he gets oober excited, and I can use all the seat I want until the cows come home and he isnt going to respond. His mind isn't there.
He wants to go, go, go, go, go -and you know what - he is 18 and has had a long hard life and I am going to let him - with limits.
I put the 3 ring elevator on him ONLY on these rides, and due to that, we have a great time, safe time and we come back to the barn with big grins on our faces......and also because I know we haven't interfeared with the other riders, the Hunts Master and the Hounds...lol