Day number 3! So far, so good right? I would like to think you are still with me. Because, well, it’s been pretty easy so far right? Organizing your tack room, grooming your horse and doing a little ground work isn’t so bad.

But today we are going to step it up a notch, and take our horses for a walk, out of the confines of the arena.

Before I climb up into the tack, and when I take my horse somewhere new, I always start of the process with taking him for a walk in the new area first. Just like people walk their dogs, I walk my horse.

Take Your Horse for a Walk

I get a lot out of taking my horses for walks. I can watch how they react to new things, while staying out of their way. Before I do anything in the tack, I always start with work on the ground.

And if you don’t have a huge area to work with that’s ok. The goal is to do something different with your horse. So put on his halter and lead rope and go for a walk. It can be around your property, or even around the barn.

I like to start in a fenced in area first, and then venture out away from home.

Safety First

When I take Plezant for a walk off property, I treat it as if I were riding. So I try and remember to wear my helmet. Sometimes I forget. But if you are going to be walking with your horse, it makes sense to stay safe right?

Gloves are also a good idea to prevent the rope from being pulled through your hands in case your horse were to get startled. You can wear your boots too if you want too. Typically I end up wearing comfortable walking shoes, and try to keep my feet out of Plezant’s way.

Adventures in the Neighborhood

I am fortunate that I live in a semi-rural community. This means all of the roads within my subdivision are dirt. So we can go out front, on the roads and walk for as long as we can both stand it.

A horse

I start with baby steps. Because, well, that’s how my brain functions. I go as far as I am comfortable with him, and then the next time we go a little bit further. I repeat this process until I am further than I have ever been away from home. I also do this out on the trails behind my home.

100 Mile Challenge with Plezant

One day we go just out of sight of our property, and then the next day we go further. And then I mix it up by going the other direction.

Take Your Horse for a Walk

For myself, I find that the more new experiences I give myself with Plezant, the higher my confidence level grows. And when my confidence increases, my anxiety level drops. And I am able to enjoy my time with him even more.

And going for a walk with him is pretty easy now. If I don’t have the time, or mental ability to get into the saddle, sometimes we will just go for a walk. This is also a good time to watch your horse. Pay attention to how he moves. And how he reacts to his new surrondings.

And if you are using a rope halter and 15 foot lead rope, like I do, you can work on a little bit of lunging. This can really help you to ‘see’ your horse as he moves around you.

Groundwork for Plezant – Getting Used to the Tools

Spend this day walking with your horse. Experience something new, and push yourself out of your comfort zone, just a little bit. I think you will have a good day with this today. Walking with your horse is good for your horse, and for you. If you have a fitness tracker, try to get at least 1000 steps. Or if you have the Equilab app, start it up before you go for your walk so you can track your walk. I do this a lot, and it’s fun! It’s really fun to see the path you have taken and just how far you have gone. If you haven’t used the Equilab app, I highly recommend it.

equilab riding app

Take Your Horse for a Walk

And of course, I have a video to accompany this blog post, but since it doesn’t come out until later today (7:00 PM to be precise) I will post yesterday’s video for you to watch first.

Just in case you are following along with the videos too! Alright, that is it for today. But I will be back tomorrow for yet another day in the August challenge. So be sure to come back tomorrow for a new day in the challenge!


Lisa
Lisa

I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you.

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