We rode in the snow for the second time today. Bareback, of course!
I usually ride bitless but this time, I put a bit on him since he was so excited from the snow and the new barn last time he decided not to listen very well, and I wanted to work on his stop/whoa.
For the record, he did absolutely wonderful. Every time I asked him to whoa, even from a very fast canter through the snow, he'd come down to the walk/stop within a few strides, which is much better than last time. I know part of the reason he didn't stop RIGHT AWAY was him trying to slow down, well, slowly, so that he wouldn't slip, so that was okay with me. I'd make him stand and wait until he calmed down, give him a pat, then let him go on. By the end of our ride, he was stopping pretty much right when I asked him to, every time. :) I hadn't ridden him in about two months since he was in KY and I was up here in PA, so he just needed a tiny bit of a refresher.
We had so much fun in the snow. We went into the lower pasture (first time he's been down there) and I let him run a few times in places we'd already walked through so I knew they were safe. He listened VERY well, slowed down, stopped when I asked him to, even when he totally flipped out because a tarp on top of the chicken coop was flapping in the wind. He came right back to me when I asked him to settle down and reassured him it wasn't going to eat him.
I'm so proud of my boy. <3 It was a blast.
Cantering in the snow is such an interesting feeling. They have so much power put behind their strides to get up out of the snow. I love it.