Originally Posted by Missy May
haha, well I don't blame him...goats spook me, the stinky little devils!
Do you mean you walked him in hand on the trail, or under saddle?
In hand. He was a two-year-old unhandled, barely halter-broke, untrained stud colt that was 15hh and a solid 1200lbs when I bought him. He got bored walking around the property, so we started walking along the roads behind the barn. We'd get some mighty funny looks, especially if my friend was riding her arab mare (who was all of *maybe* 14hh) along with us. However, I now have one of the only horses at the barn who can walk on the road with the lead flipped over his back and my hands free and he doesn't spook or wander. I also have one of the only horses at the barn who insists on investing every cool mailbox we come across, as well as every large trash can. I'll have to get a pic of his favorite mailbox. Big, black, metal, with flames painted on it.
After he started training under saddle, but before he was really rideable, I would saddle him up and take him on trail walks. Got him used to the feel of the saddle and the stirrups flapping around.
The walks were also great for me because I was a bit overweight and very out of shape at the time and going on all those walks in the middle of the summer helped slim me down.