How is the Footing?
Working with RJ, the star trick horse from the hollywood film Hidalgo (2004) has made me more aware of how a horse pays attention to the footing. RJ is particularly aware of the earth under his feet. It seems the first thing he does when he steps out of his stall is to take a moment to assess the situation. He purposefully places his feet down and tests the ground. If it is muddy or wet he will not do any of his tricks. RJ is a very clever horse. This is something each rider should pay attention to as well, especially when preparing to jump fences across country or work a horse in tight circles. The rider should always consider the safety and well being of his horse.