The good trainers say that you have to have intent with your horse. Make a plan. Have a goal. Too often we go out to ride with a “whatever” attitude. And then wonder why our horse is all over the place. Not that it has to be work work work; you can have a fun ride with no particular goal but to relax and have fun. But then that IS your goal, isn’t it!
My plans for today were legion:
1. Warm up Angel in the round pen. Pull out tarp and ask him to walk over it in a variety of directions. Drape it over him, ask him to walk around with this stupid tarp hanging off his side.
2. Roll up tarp and tie to back of saddle. Take Angel down to the big outdoor arena. Spread out tarp and ask him to walk over it in a variety of directions. Then mount up, and ride over it multiple times. Maybe even trot over it. Dismount, put the tarp over the rail so I can reach it, mount up again and pick up the tarp and ride around the arena dragging it beside us.
3. Put tarp away, mount back up, and go for a trail ride. Actually leave the property, go out the gate into the regional park and doggone it, go for a trail ride.
I’m getting my trail horse back, and I couldn’t be happier! Have I mentioned lately that Angel is a rock star?