02-19-2014, 03:09 PM
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I would say the lack of control came in when the bridle slipped off, not really any excuse for that happening, other rider or not.
It shoud be noticeable I am slightly upset by the other rider, I do not blame her for my horse becoming panicked though our situation could have been handled better, even before the tack malfunction.
One think I noticed about the bridle I haven't noticed with other ones as much is that it has a little give, its a tiny bit stretchy so even though it fits it could still need to be tightened another notch.
I am sure I could have used any other method to slow my horse, the one I chose is the one I prefer. I rode my horse on the same trail again but got to do much more work, w/t/c with halts and pace changes, I had the opportunity to use every gait at its minimum and maximum, all of which I had wanted to do a few days ago but was just unable to do with the other horse and rider.
One thing that bothers me is pulling back to slow a horse, I'd rather them slow on their own accord than me forcing it in them and I think letting them move freely in a circle where they can still move but have to on a shorter stride is a better alternative then checking them every so often, sometimes that can get horses angsty in my experience, and if they are close to home it can make them ticked so I just try to leave that out of my work and use a method that works better for me and gives me a calmer horse that has to think.