Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Heat can help
Today I took a short 4.5 mile ride in the heat, 98F to be exact. I first warmed my mare up so she appreciated the heat. She just recently recovered from a hoof injury so I started riding her again. Anyway, she is sure footed but has trouble contianing her enthusiams in rough terrain, to the point she will often break into a trot going downhill in solid rock and gravel w boots on. I have to put smb boots on her for protection from the inevitable "stumble". Hmph. All my previouse horses were raised in rough terrain..and "got it" before they got a saddle on their back. I got her as a filly, and have had the hardest time teaching her "the obviouse" on the trail. While she has come a long way, its hard not to compare her to "trail savvy" others before her. She somehow recovers from her "moments" of poor judgement, but it is nerve racking...especially
since I do not like to pull up going down a rocky hill! Sooooo...the heat slowed her down just enough today that she did the right thing and started studying the obsticals before her. TADA!! Just had to tell someone.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.