03-05-2007, 12:57 PM
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TxHorseMom brings up a very good point about road safety.
When I gave my two cents, I was saying what I would do when I was on a bridle path (or yuppie trail as we call them) that are set -beside- the road with guard rails up incase a horse gets spooked so it wont jump into the road. Riding on pavement, or even just off the road is 10 times more dangerous and risky to you and your horses safety.
Try to keep your eye on your horse by feeling the body, watching the ears, and watching the position of the head. If you can see your horse become tense again, anticipate that she/he (i forgot, lol!) is about to back up, and try to work through the problem before it happens. Be light in your seat (if anything, lean forward) have a loose rein (but not too loose, where it would be easy to lose control) and kiss him/her on. Nip the problem in the butt before she/he even does it.
Anticipating and reacting accordingly has helped me greatly in the past when it came to working through vices.
Good luck hun! =) Let us know how it goes!