SINCE THE HORSE is a creature within our power it’s not so hard to make it suffer. To choose bits and devices that feels uncomfortable for him or cause him into submission. So important is to feel our horse, in order to ride him your best. You need to respect the spur and curb as much as you expect him to, and use them with great care, if at all. You need to tune in to your horse and his body so you can tell when he is afraid or stressed. Never attempt to mask fear with quick fixes. Instead seek out the cause of the issue and treat it to ensure the horse’s ability to perform confidently and soundly for many years.
Photo with the big dinosaur – my amazing daily dance partner and Vicki’s old Grand Prix dressage horse Papillon.
Photo and competition shirt by Equestrian Stockholm.