…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!