Last week when Raglan suddenly started squiggling around mid shoe job, my farrier sent me to fetch a stud chain. Usually I run it under his chin (showmanship style) or I wind it around the noseband of his halter so that it can’t flop around. My farrier, on the other hand, put it over his nose in a more traditional way.
A few days later, SundaeO and I decided to take advantage of some sunny weather and go out back. It’s been a while since I’ve taken Raglan out on the cross country course, so I put the stud chain over his nose, snapped a lunge line onto him, and off we went! Surprisingly enough, Raglan was a superstar. He gave me no attitude, outside of insisting that he needed his face in the grass at all times.
Raglan hopped over the up/down bank and a couple of small logs without any problem.
Then we walked out farther, to where the tires are. The first time he trotted up to the tires he had a stop, but then his brain kicked into gear and he remembered that the tires were for jumping, too.
The day after that, I took Raglan out back under saddle. He was nothing short of awesome. I’m super pleased with how much his attitude has improved recently! I’m not sure how much of his new found obedience has to do with how I’m using the stud chain now and how much has to do with repeated exposure to the great outdoors…. but hopefully he stays this happy and chill.