Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
All Work and No Play?
I know that this is probably a silly question, but I figured I would ask any way.
I know Chance needs work on his ground manners. He's "okay", and doesn't exhibit anything too serious. Not aggressive, not nasty, just a little pushy sometimes. Basically just needs a big tune up.
Under saddle, I find that more and more I am finding ways of relaxing him and we have been doing great and every time when we end he has made me proud. I was wondering, are there days when you skip doing any "real" work and just ride for the relaxation and fun? I love working, I love being around horses, but I feel I am getting burnt out between Epona (my equestrian team), having to work on Chance, and potentially get another horse fit for festival.
I am already going to drop Epona so that I can focus on Chance and basically enjoy my "vacation" before festival comes around and I can enter with a fresh mind, rather than with resentment and sourness.
I was just wondering, since his ground manners aren't perfect, if it would be not the wisest of choices? I know that every time you work a horse, you expect something to be done better than it has before. I am not eliminating that, as I feel he would benefit from simply being taken out more, and as we ride I will work patterns with him and see if I can trouble shoot some saddle stuff-- the saddle he uses may be too small for him.
Sorry if this is a bit everywhere.