Hi everyone, I was hoping for tips on slowing down my filly on down hill slopes. She is just three years old and this is her first summer out and about. She tends to think that it's easier to trot up a hill and back down when the time comes. I check her and make her slow down. Hoping that she'll watch her footing along the way. That's not always the case.
She is young and lazy. So while we are out if she stumbles over a log because she doesn't feel the need to pick her shoulders up I take her back until she "clears" it. If she wants to try and jog up a hill I stop her and make her walk. We work on flexing, and leg yields along the way. She's always very alert and curious of the "boogy men" out there. If there is a burnt tree she wants to smell said thing and be certain it isn't the dark hole she originally thought it was.
I'll only have her at my place until the end of the month. Come November she will be boarded again. I'll be working on picking her shoulders up more when I have decent non-rocky footing.
Any tips along the way would be greatly appreciated. The only thing I can think of is lots of miles and wet saddle pads. Lots of giving and releasing. She is still young and I'm not in a rush or expecting a miracle.
Thank-you ahead of time.
These are some pictures of the area I ride. On this day we rode six miles. She had the wet saddle pads to show for it.
P.S. Pictures From Cell Phone.
Part Of A Meadow.