workout or a trail ride.
If the horse does not pass inspection as described, I do not move on. It
sounds strict, but having this plan has given me numerous reliably safe, productive and enjoyable first rides. I urge you to implement this type of strategy
to establish a good working relationship with the horses you’ll ride in the
future for the first time, and beyond.
JEC ARISTOTLE BALLOU is the author of 101Dressage Exercisesfor Horse &Rider and
Equine Fitness. She resides in Santa Cruz, Calif. www.jecballou.com
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After I navigate through the above
checklist—which takes about five to 10
minutes on an average horse—and all has
proceeded mostly to my liking, I then put
the horse through his paces.