A very good read! (7 Things to Teach Your Trail Horse)
- A very good read, thought it would be of interest to members of the group!
7 Things to Teach Your Trail Horse
Make the most of your trail outing this season by revisiting a few
basic training exercises now.
A good trail horse will go in the direction you point him, whether
over bridges, through streams or down canyons.
For most of us, trail riding is all about relaxation and enjoyment.
When you leave behind the rigors and repetition of arena work, you can
simply savor the experience of being in the saddle and perhaps getting
to know your horse a bit better.
But sometimes a trail outing becomes a test of wills--and your skills.
It’s hard to relax on a ride punctuated by successive spooks or
interrupted by refusals to cross water or pass “scary” objects. And
it’s exhausting trying to control constant jigging or, conversely,
squeeze a little momentum out of a sluggish mount. The disappointment
is even greater if every other horse on the ride seems to be taking
everything in stride. What is it about those horses that makes them so
much more fun to ride on the trails?
Finding the answer means looking beyond specific incidents and
frustrations and taking a broader view of your horse’s training.