Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I disagree with this statement from him: "If you never let your horse eat grass while you’re riding, he’ll take every opportunity to lunge at the grass, even unseating a rider to get at it."
Mine have never acted anything like that. There isn't a lot of grass in southern Arizona, but there is some in the spring, and they like a nip of mesquite all year long. If I'm walking them on a lead rope, I'll let them stop and take a few bites. Under saddle, no thanks.
We don't do long trail rides. If we were going out for 6 hours and there was a good chance for them to eat & drink, I'd dismount, remove the bit and let them take a break. But that is just IMHO.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."