May - training - horseback riding

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.

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    Wow! That sounds like fun! I wish I could find something like that around here. I've been training my horse for three years and he needs something a little bit different. All the things you were saying would be so good for him. Do you have any suggestions on how to look for that kind of a class? Thanks!! emoticon

    BTW, he's a good-looking horse!!
    1848 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1848 days ago
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