My Horse Forum
I've been lurking and reading threads and have seen a LOT of posts and comments of people firmly saying to NEVER EVER run a horse "home" when out on hacks.
I want to break this down and really understand the meaning and reasoning in this.
Of course I've heard this lots and it was the golden rule in my childhood years on lesson horses.
It's also a "rule" that I stopped obeying many years ago.
I "run"my horses home. Sometimes. Not always. It all depends on the overall speed and tone of the ride. My horses are boarded , but the stable is a 15 minute ride from an entire,MASSIVE mountain trail system. Some days I go for a 20 minute hack on the shoulder of the road, some days it's 5 hours of bush and mountain bike tracks. Either way... if I'm out on a faster paced ride I'm not walking the entire way back the second I turn around. That's not feasible on long mountain rides. And if I go out to do a long loose trot on the road shoulder I'll do it part of the way back too ( walk long enough...
Day before yesterday, one of the women at the barn had a bad fall and hit her head hard on the pavement. I still haven't heard how she's doing.
She was riding a horse for a friend who was sick. The horse is a 5-year-old Haffie and he's known to be a little rat. The woman who bought him got him out of state and I personally think she was lied to about his training. He's too much horse for her and of course he's strong. He's gotten her off a few times now and has learned he can get away with it. [side note - I've always felt the old axiom that you need to get right back on after a fall was not so much to keep yourself from losing your nerve but to let the horse know "we don't do that!"]
Anyway, this other woman who is quite experienced offered to ride him. He took off with her and before she could get him under control, he threw her. I wasn't there so I don't know all the details but she landed hard and hit her head. Not sure if she was wearing a helmet but I imagine she was....
Time for a new thread as other running long! Stetson had his first show today, and WON his Junior Reining class! Trainer entered him but had the intentions of just using the grounds for exposure but ended up doing the class. Won in a 70.5 in a class of 6. Not bad!! Hes been started slow and weather has him with a month less riding then we hoped for but I cant complain. He has about 110 days on him in total under saddle if you include his breaking in. Also his first breeding season and he covered his last mare a week ago. So happy with him and looking forward to his next show in 2 weeks, then the futurity
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