how to despook trail horse
Posted 28 May 2007 - 01:36 PM
Posted 28 May 2007 - 02:33 PM
Traditional despooking involves introducing your horse to many "scary" items such as plastic bags, tarps, etc. in a controlled situation.
Posted 28 May 2007 - 03:06 PM
If I could go back, I'd never have tried to ride him knowing he was nearly blind.
Just my 2 cents, do what you think is right.
I had many people tell me that a blind horse is fine to ride, that's good for them, not for me.
Posted 28 May 2007 - 07:02 PM
Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:09 PM
Good luck in what you decide, you know your horse best and can make the best decision for him.
Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:19 PM
But, next time, go to the same trail, and ride a bit further. Keep doing this until you both know the trail well. This way she becomes completely familiar w/the trail, and should be less likely to spook. She'll know what's on the trail, what to expect, where various things are on the trail. Good luck, and keep us posted.
Posted 30 May 2007 - 03:04 PM
Posted 31 May 2007 - 04:53 AM
Since you enjoy riding this horse why not just stay in the arena. I do not know what kind of riding you do, but if you enjoy a partnership with this animal I suggest doing or learning some dressage. If you already do dressage then really work at it. I would think that the subtle aids and intricate moves of the horse-rider partnership combined with a very familiar and safe enviroment could give you and your horse a great experience together.
Posted 31 May 2007 - 12:40 PM