Walking your dog is so good for you and your dog there are entire TV shows dedicated to it. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisper, and he’s just one for example.
Well walking your horse is just as good for you and your horse as it is for you and your dog. My dogs are actually feeling a little ripped off right now, because the horses have been getting all the walks. I could go on and find studies to share with you about how much hand walking helps develop the top-line creating a stronger back before you climb on them this spring. Or we could discuss how the body builds bone tissue, and what a great service you will be doing the bones and joints before you go adding your extra weight to them after a winter off. I have however decided to share with my experience as a horse owner and what I’ve noticed with my own equine partners since we’ve begun hand walking this spring.
I was recently inspired by a friend and client of mine, Marie from Handy Hay Nets, who takes extraordinary care of her horses. She was telling me about how the beginning of her horse’s best riding season was the year she had to hand walk him for a month prior to riding him. With Pan’s back issues, Tonka’s lack of doing anything for the last decade, and me not knowing Jazzie in a working relationship, this sounded like a really good idea.
For the last week now I’ve been devoted to making sure the horses are out and walking as often as possible. Unfortunately Jazzie is still snowed in so we’re doing what we can in the paddock.