By Patty Wilber
I am excited to announce that I will be giving a clinic called Practical Trail June 22 and 23 at the Trout Stalker Ranch in Chama, NM! We will work on horsemanship skills, play in the horse playground, and apply that to actual trails! Here is the link if you want to register. Only $300 for the all inclusive weekend!
Slots are limited. We have a cap of 12 riders and it is filling up fast!
Introductory Water Crossing
Penny was the mentor horse. She was a polite and confidence boosting mentor, and did not bring out her Boss Mare persona!
I got to be the leader for our 18 rider, 20 equine and one hiker Back Country Horsemen training ride starting at the Golden Open Space and continuing to a stretch of live water in the San Pedro Creek Canyon on BLM land.
Running water in NM is a bit of a scarce commodity, so even though this is a small bit, it is still exciting. We had four horses that wanted some practice (well their riders wanted them to have practice), so we sent most of the group on to see a small pond and kept the four, along with me on Penny and Jim on Cometa, at the practice spot.
This water was shallow, there was no step down into it, and it was not especially muddy, so it was an ideal spot for Water Crossing 101.
- First. The riders asked their horses to cross by following Penny and Cometa. Two of the four in our “needs practice” group, hesitated then went across at their rider’s request. They came back and then I had them walk up and down the creek bed until they were comfortable. Bruce’s beautiful Arabian picked his feet up extra high for a good 50 yards before he got used to the feel of the water on his legs and Ginny’s Fresian seemed to take it all in stride right away!
Two of our four declined to cross. “not right now,” they said. “our hooves might get muddy.”
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