Typically, change to any of a horse’s routine can cause an imbalance that leads to stress. Have you changed feed? Different bedding? Changed pastures or pasture mates? Small changes can upset even the biggest horse.
We try to have three people to line drive for the first few times. That way it is easier to control the horse if he gets scared of something. We always have a whip on the person who holds the long driving lines. Those lines go from bit to the harness on the side to the driver, By hooking the lines on the side instead on the normal eye screws on the harness your horse gets to feel the lines on his sides and back more and gets him prepared for the cart.
His mother nickered a chuckle and idly groomed her son, lipping his mane gently and scratching all the spots he couldn’t reach. It was the most wonderful feeling in the world.
We were all tacked and ready to go. Romeo didn’t mind being last. He didn’t mind being first. He kept up with the group, and was still able to explore every log, piece of trash, and poop pile along the way. Nothing frightened him. If he heard something he would keep his pace, and turn his ears towards the sound, but he kept going forward. When a little squirrel jumped out in front of him he did what I call “the four square” – each foot jumping out to form a square – but he didn’t take off running. Just stood, even putting his head down to get a better look at little guy. He made me laugh.
As the speed becomes easier you can start gradually reducing the size of the circles. As you are reducing the circles size reduce the speed again until it is easier for you and your horse to ride. For example start by trotting the smaller circles, perform this in both directions before adding the canter. Always stay within you and your horses comfort level for any exercise. You can also add more circles to the long sides, and also alternate with different shaped circles as well. For example on the long sides ride a larger circle and the short sides ride slightly smaller circles. You can mix up the circle shapes and sizes as long as both you and your horse are comfortable.
Midfoot sprains can occur in many sports, but typically occur in those that risk the athlete’s foot to a twisting injury. The most common sport for this to occur in would be football, however athletes in soccer, basketball, field hockey and many others can sustain these injuries. Also, those unique sports in which the foot is locked into a position place the midfoot at risk of an injury. As noted above, these can equestrian sports, windsurfing, and pedaling sports.
Whenever possible, mounted riders must ride in the same direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise. If you wish to turn around, you must call, “Reverse, please!” All riders will then change directions together.