While there is no rule against someone else trotting your horse out for you, I have always internally judged those who don't do it themselves. I'm not sure why, but for some reason it always felt a little wrong for the rider to not jog the 100 ft down and back.
Of course, since I never had anyone around to do it for me, it was never an option anyway.
|Two weeks post 100 and into her pasture rest period. Wondering why we aren't having fun on the trail anymore|
Once I was cooler by about 15 degrees, seriously why on earth did I wear 3 shirts and a heavy winter vest??, I wandered over to the vetting area and I watched as the vet examined Gem and then watched the trot out.
And I will fully admit that I was hooked on having someone else do it and it had nothing to do with me being lazy or not being able to jog the 100 ft down and back.
For starters, I actually got to watch my mare trot. I never get to do this even at home. I'm the only one who handles or rides Gem, so I never get to see what she looks like. When performing the trot out, you need to move out and stay focused on forward motion to get the horse moving freely beside you. You don't really get a chance to watch them move.
|Two weeks post 100. She looks amazing and the shine is undeniable. I can't get over how shiny she is!! She was galloping around her pasture having fun.|
I also got to actually talk to the vet for the first time ever. I mean like a real, interesting and educational talk. You don't get a lot of time in the vetting area. You need to move along to allow others through and to take advantage of the rest for your horse and yourself. With someone else holding and trotting, I could actually take 3 minutes and discuss Gem, her behavior, her ability and her personality with the vet.
I loved it so much that I had Liz do it for my for the remainder of the ride. I went over with her each time and watched, took a picture and chatted with the vet and learned a lot.
For future rides when I am back to being solo, I will be back to doing it all myself and that is fine. I am capable of trotting my horse out, but the luxury of having someone else do it isn't so much for my own stamina and physical capability, but for the education it gives me watching her move and talking with the vet. If I ever have crew again, I will take full advantage of letting them do it.