Getting Ready To Ride The Road?
Ok , so Cash is getting his shoes on in a few days and I want to try him out on our road. I live out in the country and our road is about maybe a mile and a half or two miles, and we don't get much traffic on it (only 4 houses on the road). I called Cash's previous owners to inquire about him being on the roads before and she said that she had never but he has had one previous owner and she is not for sure on if they did or not either. The only backround information I have on him is , he used to be a padded horse, used to show, and has been on trails. Now , is there anything I should do before getting him out there? I have only just started riding him a few weeks ago and although our rides are short ( he hasn't been under the saddle in 4 years and is a little over weight ) I have yet to have him spook on me. I would like to know how everyone else got their hoses ready for the road and what to do in the event he does get spooked....Should I start out on the ground leading him up and down the road, or should I be in the saddle ? His previous owner said something about tying him down? I have never done that but she said it helps for them not to buck? I would like to try and make this as safe as possible for the both of us , because it will be just my luck while I am riding a car will decide to come through lol ! Any tips or suggestions ?