Yesterday morning I went out and rode Mabou before work… which is my weapon of choice against the lack of daylight during winter. There is something so peaceful about being there early when the world is still quiet, and starting my day with some horse time.
He felt wonderful– soft and working through his back, easy to bend, and just listening to everything I asked of him. I ended up only riding for maybe 15 minutes. When he is being so good, and is doing everything that I could ask for, I always end our rides early. Short and sweet rides are some of our best rides. Mabou has such a naturally good work ethic I try very hard not to drill him or make work unenjoyable. When he is great, his work ends pretty quickly and usually results in a walk through the trails (when I am not time pressed before work)
Does anyone else follow this train of thought? Or do you work on more advanced things when your horse is being good? Just curious about other people’s methods!