Just one other quick thought that just came up with a rider who asked if horses always pick up the pace going back to the barn.
The answer is no.
A horse that speeds up at the end of a ride has not been worked very much. I have never witnessed a horse break, bolt, or otherwise speed-up just because it was near the end of the ride.
First of all, how does that horse know the ride is over just because the barn is insight. We often ride our horses past the barn at various points to fortify this fact: the ride is over when we say it's over! But if a rider allows a horse to speed up on that initial ride, this is rider error and the result is reverse training. Allowing it multiple times teaches the horse to do just what you don't want it to do.
There are ways to fix this but most riders do things that "cue" the horse into the wrong behavior and they will do it forever and no matter what horse they ride the result is the same, giving rise to the belief that all horses do exactly the same.
Come watch our youngest riders and you will have no choice but to change your mind. It's not the horse but the rider. You don't need more bit and hard hands. You need more rider and horse knowledge.
SPECIALS DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH:
Sat, Mar 4th @ 11AM - Clinic & Clinic Trail Ride
Sun, Mar 5th @ 11AM-4PM - "Feed The Wildlife" Trail Ride & Meal
Sat, Mar 18th @ 1:30PM - Family Trail Ride w/Safety Orientation & Demo
Come join us for a regular trail ride ......and coming next month our Moonlight Trail Rides begin!
Kathleen & Ron