Today I rode again in the hackamore. Things overall went fine, except for one thing. Overall, Steen was quite stiff in the neck. He wasn’t stiff when I asked for a big bend, only when bending through shallow turns. He was moving nicely through his body, but it felt like his neck was just rigid.
We worked on all sorts of things, and he was great with all of them, except for the fact that his neck was stiff. So I’m not sure what to make of it. There is no doubt that the bosal exerts a different kind of pressure than a bit does, so it might just be that he is adjusting and needs more time. Also, it was much colder today than yesterday and I didn’t feel I was riding quite as well, so that could have been part of it too.
At any rate, it wasn’t a bad ride by any stretch. It just wasn’t quite as magical as yesterday’s.
After my ride, I offered the hackamore to Brian to try on Bear. If Steen is maybe only just barely ready for the hackamore, Bear is definitely not ready, but I thought it couldn’t hurt Brian to feel some of the differences, since I know riding in a hackamore a couple of times has already changed the way I think about a snaffle.
Bear was game, if not thrilled. He went around just fine, though not great. It was interesting to see him adjust his movements based on the new feel on his nose, but I think it will be a while before Brian goes bitless.
Ride Time: 0:45
Horseback hours YTD: 94:15