I was out this morning in the god-awful heat. Yuck. Me and a boarder trailered to a local riding park/woods and hit the trails for an hour or so. I love the trails there, they range from easy wide paths to technically difficult trails with steep hills, jumps, steps, and winding in and out of trees, oh and cliffs!
Gotta love my boy, he was a superstar with the whole thing, despite my friend's mare being up his butt. I jumped him over a few xc fences, nothing big, everything was under 3 foot, but still, it was his first time over fences in awhile so he was good! We got back to the trailer to find a ton of trailers and about 20 horses, turns out a big group was heading out. I wished them luck...at 10:30 it was already sweltering and the horseflies were out in full force.
Word of advice on hackamores: please be careful. You may think that a hackamore is less severe than a bit but the action of a hackamore is actually very severe and can do more damage than a bit (broken nose) in the wrong hands. Unless you have been given specific instruction and ride with LIGHT contact, I would stay away from a hackamore. A light plastic/metal mullen mouth (straight bar) is a nice choice for a sensitive horse, as is a french link (which is what my QH who works 99% off my seat goes in).
A crop is a useful tool and not one to shy away from. It is a different form of reinforcement than legs, so a horse will respond better to it if it is dead to leg aids. Like any piece of equipment, it can cause damage if used incorrectly, but it doesn't have to hurt the horse!
Bareback is my favorite form of riding. Unless I'm jumping big fences or going on a long trail ride, I go bareback. Bridleless is fun too, it really tests your control of your horse. If you can't walk, trot, canter, and steer correctly with your legs and seat, you need to go back to basics.
Check out this video, this horse and rider combo are AMAZING. Link
And a few pics of my ponies...cuz I can't resist.
Krimpet, my QH...my first horse and my heart horse.
(excuse my terrible position, I think I was looking at something on the ground so I hunched my shoulders)
Bus...retired champion racehorse, won over half a million, then had a jumping career, and is now happily retired. He's 20.
He is the sweetest horse ever...I love him so much.
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