This image was posted on my facebook page and I’ve shared a bit about the situation with the headstall. So that I can tie it all together, this will be the place.
My gelding is so mellow these days. He does have his spirit, curiosity, and fear of dragons. But it takes a bit of work to get him to be real forward moving. That’s what I told the bride that I photographed yesterday while she sat on his back on my English saddle riding up the driveway while her very long wedding gown draped around him hanging just inches from the red sandy earth. She was a bit nervous that he would run off with her leaving her rolling off onto the ground ruining the gown. No, Carter is lazy, a bit overweight, and not at all interested in running off away from that place that houses his feed and hay.
The rat chewed through a couple of bridles in the barn last year. Mine was one of them. It was only the chin strap so I made an adjustment to it and continued using it. But then, I found my rein chewed. My favorite rein. Those are replaceable however. I started riding Carter with his training halter. You know, that bright blue one that he wears in almost all photos; the one with the long thick white rope. He has not had a bit in a couple of years. We have become so accustomed to this way of handling now. But one must look cool while out on the trail.
I bought a side pull the other day. A local tack shop lent me a Bitless Bridle to try. Carter does not like this Bitless Bridle for it seems too restrictive for him. He responds best with seat positioning and a very gentle pull to a stop. I don’t like the leather with this particular bridle. Also, when I gave slack to the rein, there was very little release. Carter found this binding and tossed his head about.
With that, I will continue to use the side pull. It seems comfortable to him and it looks good on him. All of skills I’ve learned with natural horsemanship has paid off. I have a really good horse that I enjoy so.
If only the temperature would cool down enough I can take him for a nice long ride.