Have you ever noticed how a couple months of doing nothin’ can really mess up a horse’s attitude? While a well-trained horse should really be able to be left unworked for a quite a while without changing, almost every horse, whether they act like it or not, will be much happier when they have something to do. For example, we have a couple of “retired” trail horses that treated us well for many years until they couldn’t do the job anymore. Now all they do is stand in the paddock, eating and drinking. We felt kinda sorry for them the other day and decided to take them for a trip. Even though they can no longer be ridden, they did just fine being lead. They were thrilled to be “back on the trail” instead of being left at home.
Horses Need a Purpose