I started the blog series “Got Harses?” last summer to share a little horse sense with those who’d be interested. As I prepare to take you all in the backcountry later this week, you can catch up on previous posts (and figure out why I sometimes spell Horses “Harses”) at “Got Harses?”
The good book says in Proverbs 12:10 that an evil man is cruel to his animal.
To me, nothing’s more cruel than letting a horse stand in a pasture for 12 months then expecting him to haul you around the backcountry for a week. That’s like asking a couch potato to run a marathon—and it’s dangerous for both animal and rider.
My sweet Daddy taught me to condition my horses before heading to the hills.
“Horses are like athletes,” he’d say, “the more you exercise them, the better they’ll perform when it counts.”
Here is a quick video on how I prepare my horses each summer for steep country.