The Signs are There…

…all we have to do is listen.

A few days ago I was fortunate enough to get to go on a trail ride with my cowboy.  After we mounted, but before we left the barn area, Kobi was acting especially fussy.  Every time I would touch the reins, I could feel him tense under me (like he wanted to explode) and throw his head up.  Now Kobi has some bizarre quirks, but this isn’t one of them.  I turned him immediately back to the barn to check our tack.  Before I even had a chance to dismount, he swung his head around and I got a good look at his bit.  His curb chain was twisted up where it meets the bit.  It created a pressure point on the super sensitive tissue by his mouth.

Thankfully I listened to Kobi’s signs the first time he gave them and nothing bad happened.  I shudder to think of how badly I could have hurt his mouth and what kind of measures Kobi would have taken to get my attention – because we ALL know he would have stepped up his warnings to me.

But for those of you wondering, I instantly dismounted and fixed the curb chain.  He was still a bit sensitive to we practiced working off my legs and core instead of the reins for the ride and he was awesome.

After that warning, it was a wonderful, completely uneventful trail ride!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to The Signs are There…

  1. Beverly Rindt says:

    Heather; I really do believe that animals are often smarter than humans specially when they want to tell you something.. Enjoy your blog!!! Love aunt Beverly

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