Saturday, May 04, 2013
I went to a distance trail riding clinic this morning. Very interesting. Learned how to take a horse's pulse and all the things the vets check at these rides.
I didn't have trailering to join the others on a hack at the trail location but I went and road Leo out on the road. It was an LSD ride. Long (rode an hour), slow (we walked almost the whole way) and distance (3.66 km).
It was a mental exercise for Leo too. We had to pass some scary rolled up carpet put out in the trash, a bird flew out of tall grass, passed a culvert (where the horse eating troll lives), a stump that looked at him funny. But he was very brave. He stopped a couple of times to look at things so I let him but when I asked him to move forward again, he did.
And he walked! Never once tried to spin back to the safety of the barn. I even took him for a bit down the snowmobile trail. He liked that. Started to trot but I asked him to walk & turned back. We had done a lot & I didn't want him to get sour on the experience.
Before I let him turn up the lane to the farm, I made him walk away past the lane twice before I said ok, go home. Then was the only time his walk got a bit faster. I was able to have loose reins though and he just kept walking.
After I dismounted I made him trot in hand up the barn yard & back. Like they ask horses at the distance rides to do in the vet checks. Leo was not impressed. He thought for sure he was done once I got off. Poor buddy. We've got to keep mixing it up.
Note to self: leave sun screen at the barn. I got a nice burn on the back of my neck today. Well I expected it. The UV index was 7.