I do believe that any horse needs variation in work, but youngsters in particular.
I have been hacking out with Fame ever since she was started under rider.
In the beginning I walked part of the way, to save her back.
Sometimes we got to some scary stuff.
Most of the time, she crossed by herself after searching for crocodiles without finding any.
Once in a while I had to help her by getting off and walking over the scary stuff beside her.
"See? No crocodiles."
When safe over she got a pat and a snack.
Now I have a very reliable trail horse that handles everything from water to mud and moose.
So I relax when we are out.
Let my mind wander.
And Fame crosses whatever is in front of her nose.
Thing is, I don't pay attention.
So she has to remind me.
Whenever we have crossed something scary, she goes in slow-motion mode.
"Hey, you, upstairs - you've forgotten something!
And if I am still lost in my own little world, she stops.
"Uh, what?" I suddenly get aware that something is happening here.
Then we carry on.
Somebody has to take care of things.
Mind the traditions, like.
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