What do you all do?
For those of you who have horses who tend to start out trail rides at new locations a bit hot and jiggy, what do YOU do? Do you make your horse walk slow until he calms down or do you canter and let him get it out of his system? My TB is always a little goofy for the first 5 minutes of new trail rides. By the end of the ride, we're cantering along on the buckle. It's just that first few minutes that he's just a jiggy ball of energy. I was just curious as to what you guys do in that case. I stay slow until he starts to relax, but would love to hear from the run them out crowd to see how that works.
The more I mess with Nelson, the worse it gets. I have learnt to just sit quiet, relax, breath and just leave him alone.
He is a fire cracker out on Fox Hunts, and I have to remain safe with him because I cannot interfear with any of the Hunt Members and riders who are all there together, but I cannot mess around with Nelson either.
He is like that on Trail Rides as well with other riders who are with us, especially if they are infront, when Nelson wants to be the one infront. In casual trail rides with other riders, Nelson gets to go up front, he is quiet and at peace up front.
Unfortunately we cannot do that on a Hunt since the Elder riders who have far more seniority than I are up front, I have to remain in the back - so I circle alot, without getting in his face. I sit deep, relax, don't tense up and just sit. He jigs the whole ride, but there's nothing I can do to change that, so I just leave him alone.
I put him in check periodically, Pull relase, pull release action - but most of the time, his brain is out in left field in those high action packed scenario's.
Wish I could hold Nelson back - no luck for me.
I do pretty much what you do MyBoyPuck. If he's nervous or jiggy I don't get tense or in his face, but I soften my seat and hands and ask him to relax. He rarely acts this way, but occasionally out on the trail he will, especially after a good canter or gallop.
When I finally get to take him XC schooling I will ride in the way that MIE described. Zeus seems to be very similar to Nelson in that aspect. If I get in his face he's going to get even more riled up. The most effective thing to do on him to to relax, do what you can to get his attention, and don't mess with him too much. I will be riding him in his gag, because if worse came to worse and he took off (not likely, but he's strong, and if he got it into his head to run, well, the rubber d wouldn't do a thing), I know I can shut him down in that if I need to. Hate to phrase it like that, but it's the truth.
But anyway. For the most part he's calm and well mannered on the trail.
Maybe a bit jiggy in certain situations.
When we trailer them from home, it's usually for a nice long ride so I don't want Major burning up all of his energy at the beginning of the ride, especially if I'm riding on a trail that has lots of hills. The fastest I will let him go at the very beginning is a running walk. I really think that they are like kids and just excited to be someplace new.
I don't go to other places to ride but sometimes my B.O. has very large (over thirty riders and 3-4 sleds) trail rides with riders coming in from all over, so the horses from our barn get exited by the visiting horses. Caleb doesn't jig at all. When he is exited and wants his way, he puts his head between his legs and pigroots. It gets very annoying and I usually have to keep him on a bend most of the ride to keep him preoccupied.
I let them relax at the walk first, then trot a little bit, and ocne they are comfortable we start to really ride, loping and galloping on the appropraite places. Annie will turn saddle bronc on you if you ask her to run out right away, and Jester will just be really fresh and maybe buck once or twice.
However, Rico is better when you run off right away. If you ask hi to hold back and wait he gets all the more jittery. -shrug- I guess it depends on the horse.
I push Cougar forward and give him something to do. Shoulder in, leg yield etc. Keep his mind occupied. He gets a bit fresh if he hasn't been out for awhile but most of the time you can ride him on the buckle at a all gaits if you chose to. He's settled down over the years and is very comfortable going out on his own or in a group. I'm lucky.
I usually just sit still and quiet and get his or her mind on something else. Weaving around trees, going over dead branches, changing position in the group if we are with other people, ect. My focus is usually to get them to focus on me and tune everything else out.
I normaly just walk em'. I have a perch/arab who just loves going on trails and will want to take of running a soon as we are out the barn gates. But after a few mins of me trying to get him to walk he calms down and just goes with the flow.....then once we enter the woods he decides that he wants to go the slowest pace known to man!!
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