We get to ride quite often on weekends. We spend our time out with the horses talking about horsemanship, practicing the different riding exercises and just letting our horses relax and enjoy the outdoors. Here are some of the exercises and training we might do on a typical weekend ride.
On Sunday of Memorial day weekend we took the horses out to Horsemans’ Park located at Hart Park in Bakersfield. We ride Dusty and Jessie along the Kern River to Lake Ming. Along the way we saw swimmers, and campers and even some kayakers in the river.
Remember the basketball game of H-O-R-S-E? You know the one. You would call your shot, “Dribble around the trashcan, bounce the ball off the garage door, spin around twice and make the basket shooting backwards”. If you made it, and your friend didn’t, he got a letter. Well, this is our horse version of H-O-R-S-E. We took turns trying to challenge one another with different riding and horsemanship skills. Watch to see who won!
My year end, sappy-love-song-montage set to the music of one of my favorite songs, When You Give Your Love To Me, by Kevin Gilbert. Kevin (now deceased) made some fantastic music and I would encourage you to visit KevinGilbert.com to listen to more of his great songs. We take you along for many of the events and rides that we had over the year. Jessie has developed into a most dependable horse and I think we have built a strong bond with one another. Most of this footage was shot by wife Ranae who does a great job with the tools we have despite having to work under the iron thumb of a dictatorial director and two cantankerous actors. Thanks, Baby Doll.
If you practice Downunder Horsemanship you know the importance of groundwork. It can also be a bit tedious and boring. Here is our attempt at making groundwork just a little more fun. We take Dusty out to the trail and find some obstacles to tackle including desensitizing him to a motor bike.