Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
My horse knows where we run. It's probably terrible to do what I do, but my horse lets me know when she wants to go, so I get my bum in a two point, shorten my reins [still no contact] and let her go. It's a lot easier to get a good run when she wants to as opposed to asking her to. And my horse LOVES to run. She usually gives me a "casual" gallop, and when I decide we're ready for the next gear, I give her a "HUP" and a kiss and all of a sudden we're REALLY flying.
I don't think where you run or what you're running to matters, as long as your horse stops. If your horse doesn't stop, you shouldn't be running. O_O
A silly thing about my girl. While we're walking along down trails, she'll "spook" at things all the time, but when we're running, she doesn't pay attention to anything but how fast we're going. We were running down the road once, at a full out gallop, and a huge black dog crashes out of the bushes right next to us barking it's head off rand my horse didn't even flick an ear at it. Scared ME to pieces though, haha.
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