I can remember one time, and not that long ago, that I had to go and check the pond to be sure that it wasn't frozen over so I took my hatchet and started walking through the deep snow. I had turned the horses out and they were heading back there as well so I decided to get myself, with hatchet, up on my little Arab/Appy and ride down., No halter or lead or anything and as he was low man in the herd I had to keep threatening the "boss horse" with my hatchet to keep his distance. After I got the ice chopped, I climbed back on and had him take me back to the barn.
they say "We grow too soon old and too late smart" I guess this is a good example. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME11