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Bridge and rocker

A brigde needs to be traversed in the countryside every once in a while. Good if the horse knows such a situation. The bridge makes hollow noises which may frighten when crossing it. Maybe a rivulet flows underneath it, then there's even more to watch. And last but not least a small bridge poses a narrow that needs to be mastered. A rocker you surely will not encounter that often in the countryside but it is a good exercise to prevent a horse from instantly starting to panic when stepping on something that slackens or tilts. And such things do happen in reality now and then. Some years ago I was on a riding holiday with my then girlfriend in Portugal. One situation to be mastered was the traversal of an "extreme bridge" - a retaining wall, water to the right, 100m or so downwards to the left! Too good the horses could cope with this situation confidently. Überrascht

An other day during this holiday: A ride on a very muddy way. To dam up the mud a bit wooden planks had been thrown into the mud. Suddenly one of the planks ruptures under the weight of the horse of our guide. The horse pluges and subsides into the mud up to the belly! The Guide jumps of the horse already during the collapse, is with his horse instantly, drives it up again - situation salvaged, the horse is unharmed! The horse stands calmly after this mishap, lets itself be examined for injuries and afterwards continues onto the treacherous way without a problem. Good that is has the quietness not to get into panic even in such a situation! Conclusion: Practicing the bridge and the rocker may pay off one day.

Bridge...

 Zara II

 

Zara's Legolas

 

Gamil

 

Gazin

...and rocker

Zara II

 

Gamil

 

Gamil


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