Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand
True, but they weren't really meant to do it with us on their backs!
My horse is still pretty green, especially to hills on trail...and she wants to see what the mud is so if I let her, she'd go down the hill with her nose IN the mud! I'm just concerned that if I let her do it, and she loses her footing or trips, that her head dragging the ground + me on her back going downhill would make her lose her balance and possibly end up with her flipping over.
Has anyone had any experiences like that?
I know what you mean. I will sort of help her up if she trips or starts to fall when going down hill. Vida doesn't watch the mud but she will try to grab a bite to eat on an uphill or downhill grass covered grade. Guess she figures her mouth is close to the ground, why not
I'll check her up if she does that too. Otherwise she is on a loose rein.
Before Saro's lameness issue, I kept her on a short rein. She wasn't sure how to handle grades since she had never been on one before. Since she was just learning how to carry a rider and the balance needed I wanted to keep her and myself safe. Its more of a sometimes tight sometimes loose rein thing though, dependent on how she feels under you and how she is handling the grade. That said, I think the answer is more in the gray area instead of the black and white.