View from the Top

shadows Jan 2016

Rodney loves his new tack. He is wearing a side-pull hackamore noseband, a headpiece, & reins. That’s it. No saddle. No bit.

I have been reluctantly edging toward this all month [Headgear]. I knew Rodney would prefer the bit to stay in the barn. I knew a happier horse would be less inclined to do something appalling. I knew I could slide off at the first hint of adversity.

He was a star. Stood like a rock. Played couch like a narcoleptic school pony. We’ve done it three times now. We usually give him at least a week to grasp new ideas. He’s been thrilled during each ride, and pleased with himself afterwards. Me, I’m taking longer to swim alongside.

Lotta horse, not lotta tack.

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3 thoughts on “View from the Top

  1. I hear ya… I still have internal arguments about whether I’ll ‘bit’ Aero or not. Pretty much each and every ride. The result of a lifetime of viewing a bit as ‘brakes’ I guess.

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