Do you have a routine or pre-ride checklist before you get on your horse? C’mon, you don’t just walk out there and toss the saddle on, cinch up and go do you? Of course, you don’t. For safety reasons it’s best to gauge the mood of your horse for the day. On today’s show we tell you about the pre-ride checklist we follow and how it works for us! Like any creature there are going to be days when your horse feel better than others. You need to know where there head is at. It can give you a great insight to the type of ride you are going to have. It can also give you a heads up as to how much extra work you may have to do on the ride.
- Cell Phone
- Pepper Spray
- Ricola mints
- Pocket knife
- Nail file
- Hoof pick
Then, John had the opportunity to work a “gather” just north of town. It was our first experience with cows in an open area. We had to work with other horses and climb some foothills to look for stray cattle. It was a bit difficult for Jessie. She was rather excited for the most part. She wanted to be the first up every grade. When I asked one of the hands how it might be best to handle that excitement, I got the “She’ll figure out how to conserve her energy”. She really never did. Maybe it’s one of those things you have to do over and over again.
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