Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
I was always told to never let them eat unless they were told to. But then I started doing a little trail riding with an endurance rider a couple of months ago. He told me that if they wanted to grab a couple of bites of leaves off of trees, as long as they kept up the pace, that it was ok. He said that they draw a little water from them, and helps to keep them hydrated. Rookie will keep up his pace, and I call it grabbing fast food, if he goes for passing leaves. Other than that, when I stop, he's allowed to graze at will after I let him know it's ok...usually with a slight push on the neck and release of the reigns. He's also allowed to drink as much as he wants. We played in a deep part of the river Saturday where we were trail riding. The water came up to his chest and he drank all he wanted while I swished my feet in the water. It was fun for me and him, and he got to cool down which really helps on a hot day. We stayed in there for about 5 minutes, and when we came out, I could tell that he was refreshed and ready to go again. If he gets some around his bit, I simply get off and drop it, the beauty of having a halter/bridle, clean it off and put it back in.
Honary "HFA" member...That's right, I'm admitting it!
BTW....That's NOT rain on your windshield!!!!