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Do you let your horse graze on the trails?

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    10-13-2008, 07:58 PM
Originally Posted by Kyani    
If we have to stop for any reason (even if I don't get off) I usually let them, but if we're walking along and they dive down/into a bush for a snack, that's a big no-no.
Yep Yep. That's what I do.

I think that it's disrespectful for a horse to grab mouthfulls here and there. A horse should be concentrated on what the rider asks of him, not willy nilly and do whatever. So if I have to stop to open a gate and my mare goes down for a bite, I don't care, but if we are in tall grass and she takes a bite, that's a no-no.
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    10-14-2008, 12:19 PM

Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I don't like or let my horse grab a mouthful as we ride along but if we stop and I dismount, then I let him. I feel that if it's OK for me then it should be OK for him as well.

Depending on how long we stop I may take his bridle off and put on a halter if I'm carrying one. Some times I'll have a rope halter under his bridle but not too often.
Same here! When they are at work they usually have on the headstall and our horses know not to try and snatch grass even if other horses are grazing around them. But when we dismount and take off their bridles and halter them then we let them eat.
    10-14-2008, 12:34 PM
Originally Posted by Kyani    
If we have to stop for any reason (even if I don't get off) I usually let them, but if we're walking along and they dive down/into a bush for a snack, that's a big no-no.
I agree with Kyani. If I am stopped for any reason, even if I don't get off, and as long as the grass looks good (and not something I'd be worried of colic or some disease) I let him eat. If he just randomly puts his head down when we are walking that is a no and I correct it
    10-14-2008, 01:28 PM
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....i'm bad... trail to me is for fun... so if he bites a leaf or grabs some grass and we are just moseying... I don't really care....
    10-14-2008, 10:33 PM
I'm with Farmpony on this one, lol . My trail ride is usually in the neighbours 200+ acre Hay fields, after haying is finished of course. Other wise I hit the dirt road that crosses his 200+acres and there is always grasses along the edge of the road that, they just have to taste.
    10-14-2008, 11:11 PM
When I was on the trail this past monday, I would let Montana do the grab and go, but if he would stop, he would get corrected. He did sort of master the grab and go by the end... but that was when we were walking in a field. The actual trail was dirt with vegetation on the sides(mostly trees and sticker bushes).
    10-16-2008, 10:35 PM
Absolutely! When I take my horses out on the trail it's for fun, an enjoyable ride. I want to make sure they see it the same way. Trail rides are supposed to be fun and relaxing. I don't by any means let them graze for long periods of time but definitely let them catch a few bites here and there.
    10-18-2008, 10:19 AM
Nope, only if we stop for water or put a stirrup back in or something , I will let mine eat to keep him happy and standing still .
    10-18-2008, 06:15 PM
Never in the bridle. However, that doesn't stop the occasional grab along the way. When it is snack time we always dismount, take off the bridle and loosen the cinch.

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