Another big ride for Tucson yesterday. There are so many different places to ride here on the ranch, and such a variety of terrain. Depending which way I go, can either let a horse stretch out if he thinks that what he needs to do, or a place where he has to watch where he puts his feet and pay attention. We rode the latter yesterday. We climbed over very rocky terrain and Tucson was forced to pay attention to where he put his feet. Yesterday was all at a walk. I wanted to see if he tried to speed up to a trot anywhere in the 3 mile ride. He did not.
Most folks that I have worked with, with horses, want to micro-manage a horse’s movement. I think that when we do that we get in the horse’s way and prevent the horse from moving forward. Pretty soon the horse won’t go, or the horse gets frustrated and we have a fight on our hands, one we usually lose. How do I teach a horse not to break gait you ask?
When I have a horse at a walk and he breaks to a trot, I will put the horse into a very small circle until he comes back to a walk. The min he comes to a walk I will let him out of the circle, and we will continue on. If he breaks gait again, we do the same thing for as long as it takes the horse to figure out what he is doing wrong. Believe me, it don’t take long for them to figure it out.
Most folks want to pull back with both hands to get their horse to slow down to a walk, in this case. A young horse will fight the pull of two hands and we don’t teach a horse anything but to pull on our hands when we do that. That’s why teaching a horse to work in circles is so important. It will teach your horse so many things. You would be surprised how many experienced horse people won’t spend the time.
After our ride Tucson spent his second day in hobbles. He did great his second time, now that he knows there is no use fighting them. He now stands and waits for me to come get him..
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.