Avoid The Wreck
- March 3, 2016
- Jenn Zeller
If you ride colts, there are always discussions about how to avoid a wreck. Probably one of the best ways to do this is to just go with your colt. Go where he goes, when he goes, and try to not do more than necessary to help him 1. remember you’re up there, and 2. help keep both of you from crashing into something.
I’ve managed to get myself into more than one jam, and find myself bucked off because I’ve tried to control the situation instead of go with it. When your horse is first learning to pack you and a saddle around, and try to figure out what instructions through the bit in his mouth and those legs hanging down each side of him mean, it can be overwhelming for the horse.
So one of the best things to do when they get into a bind and feel the need to squirt out from under you is just to go with them for the ride.
Below is perfect example of doing just that.
I rubbed my horse and rode him at the speed he was going. Did I too much when I asked him to move out? Maybe. I just needed him to go somewhere. And go somewhere he did. He could have very easily bucked me off if I’d have gotten in his way, but this time I didn’t. There’s no need to analyze why what happened, happened. It happened. It’s over. The horse has moved on, and so should we.
I hope that this experience will help you in your work with your horses too.
About Jenn Zeller
Jenn Zeller is the creative mind and boss lady behind The South Dakota Cowgirl. She is an aspiring horsewoman, photographer, brilliant social media strategist and lover of all things western. After a brief career in the investment world to support her horse habit (and satisfy her...