Whenever I ride out from here I have to go up a hill. Which means that at some point we have to walk back down again. I have discovered that riding at a walk is incredibly soothing. Providing you aren’t workigng hard at schooling obviously. Grooming can help in a similar way – it is a good stress relief and the pony benefits too.
No matter how stressed I am feeling – or how late I know I am going to be because I decided to squeeze in a ride – walking down the hill completely calms me. It starts to seem almost meditative and I am sure it must be beneficial. I feel so much better afterwards and I would recommend it to anyone!