Several months ago, many of you graciously gave me advice on how to work on my mare's bolting when riding out alone in a large open pasture at our barn. Unfortunately, we haven't made a ton of progress outside the arena, but I found myself looking longingly at the field today, covered in about 1.5 feet of unbroken snow, and thinking surely she couldn't take off on me with snow that deep...I quickly rid myself of that thought, as I didn't think it would be the best idea to combine questionable footing with an already-known bad scenario for us.
But that got me thinking...how do you get a horse prepared to ride out in 1-2 feet of deep snow? Or a wet, sandy beach? I know the horses get over this kind of footing just fine on their own, but is there anything special that goes into helping them balance themselves and a rider in these conditions, especially the first time you do it? Just curious (you know, for my future bombproof, trail loving horse )!