Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
It is easier for a horse to trot or run up a hill. It takes a lot more work on their part to walk up them. When you let them run up a hill, I think, they want to do the same going down. Until you feel you have more control, I would not let the horse run/trot up or down the hill. If the horse wants to run/trot down the hill, stop the horse and go back to the top of the hill. Have the horse take one or two steps then stop and repeat the whole way down the hill. Go back to the top and repeat doing 3 or 4 steps before stopping. If the horse starts to throw a tizzy, make them back up the hill several steps. Having to hold the horse back from running down the hill, the horse isn't listening to you and really, not respecting you, in my opinion.
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!