Spooooky Traffic on a trail ride
I took my big boy Citrus on a trail ride of sorts today.... I rode him on the road in front of his home. He lives behind a golf course and in front of a resevoir. This road is paved but not terribly busy. I was so nervous but know that my boy does not spin when he spooks, he just freezes. I also had my helmet on (always) and am confident that I could stay on if something did make him spin/jump/whatever.
And to my satisfaction, he did not spook at any of the 12 or so cars that passed us. Some of the cars slowed down but two big trucks did not. I was of course paying attention to his ears and where his mind was. The scariest thing to him was actually a sign advertising hay for sale. But in his defense, it was a very scary looking sign, what with its leaning on a pole and such..........
It was a blast and now I can go different places with him. :)
"Equine-facilitated therapy employs a form of biofeedback for practicing self-awareness, emotional management, and relationship skills that human role-playing exercises and discussion groups cannot begin to access." Linda Kohanov (The Tao of Equus)