Out in the Yorkshire dales; Wensleydale as it so happens...I can count on the fingers of one hand and have three digits left over the number of occasions I’ve been tempted to ride a horse. Just not cut out for it in all honesty after I fell off on the second outing in Epping Forest. I’m more Thelma Ritter than Tex Ritter to tell the truth and gave it up as a bad job. I only agreed to do it to impress my then girlfriend anyway...
That was a long time ago.
I wish I had read the book included here. Basically bombproofing teaches riders how to stop horses bucking, baulking, bolting or wheeling around when sudden noises or sights frighten them – white plastic bags, flapping tarpaulin sheeting – that kind of thing. Essentially bombproofing means that you subject your horse slowly to different items and sounds that a horse may/may not ever come in contact with on their own as part of a conditioning routine so that they learn not to react negatively on future ocassions and get distressed. This is the advantage to be gained by bombproofing; you are in a better position to control the horse when it encounters a balloon popping or other sudden noise if it has been bombproof conditioned beforehand.
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