Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Great article, agree agree agree.
I've said many times if I find something a horse buggers at, guess what? They are going to have to live with it, eat out of it, or wear it. I think mine know better by now!
I've also had horses that just weren't cut out for the trails when it comes to being sure footed. In an arena with soft even footing, ok, but try working them on the trail and they'd about kill you. Some just don't have it, even after working with them.
I'm gearing up for the fall rides, many wet blankets required before we go "out". I have 4 or so miles of trails on my property that we leg up on, it's up and down too. I can't stress enough how imperative it is to get a good handle before venturing out. But also there is the daily work I put in. I go out two or more times a day and really handle them. I can't ride as much as I'd like, but I move them, boss them, toss ropes around them, make them woah, back, respond to pressure nose and sides. Generally remind them on a daily basis that even though we are off for a bit, I still rule.
This really helps speed up any refresher course I may have to do.
Always enjoy! Thanks for sharing!
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