Vallea and Count Horse

by Vallea Rose
(US)

After watching my horse free range for a summer I learned his eating habits. I have duplicated that for his winter feeding program.
He gets accupuncture, chiropractic. I use Young Living Essential Oils on him, he gets massages. When I do not feel like riding but I need a walk he goes with me.
A couple weeks ago the weather was changing, rainy, windy and we went out for a ride. He was full of vim and viger. Usually I can work out his vim and viger by doing ground work but this particular day he was super vimmed and vigered and I neglected us by not doing ground work.
He was really trying to be a good boy, by not bucking too high, he had dainty bucks. He really just wanted/needed to buck and run and goof off.
So back to the barn we headed, still being such a gentleman.
We got home and I let him out. He ran, bucked and goofed off for quite awhile enjoying himself immensely.
I did not prepare him/me for our ride, I did not do ground work before we went out. I ride bareback and this could have really been an ugly situation.
He is a solid horse, we work well together, and we have mutual respect although after this particular day my respect for him has grown leaps and bounds.
He goes barefoot and I ride bareback. I have experienced what bad saddle fit does to a horse.
I do not like to ride bareback however after numerous professional saddle fittings I finally found a saddle that fits him and me.
Now I just need the money to buy it.

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