Trail Ride – Kern River January 2012
It was a beautiful January day in Bakersfield. Ranae and I take the horses out to the Kern River and find some fun places to ride. We look for all kinds of trail obstacles to work on different exercises. We quite often play games with the different maneuvers. For example, these pipes were just laying on the ground and we decided it would be fun to use them to work the horses. I was able to get Jessie going at a trot. This type of work teaches her to pick up her feet. She also has to look where she is going. More importantly, she need to listen to my direction to figure out where we are going next. (Something that is quite difficult to do since I’m not always sure where I’m headed). We also did a little work on our side-pass. With pipes in front and behind, it is much easier to tell if Jessie is side passing straight.
There were also some terrain changes. Ranae takes Dusty up and around a few gullies. This helps in a number of ways. Once again, Dusty has to pay attention to his feet. He has to pay attention to Ranae’s direction. And, we also use it as a de-sensitizing exercise. When Dusty comes up out of the gully he might scare a squirrel or bird. Trees branches might be blowing in the background. He is out of sight of his buddy. He has to learn to stay calm and listen to Ranae for direction.
We hope you enjoyed our Trail Ride video. Sometimes it is just fun to see where others trail ride. We have a lot of great areas quite near our home.
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