Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I'm trying to turn my spooky mare into a reliable trail horse. She's a hyper-alert mare who validates the stereotypes of Arabian mares, so turning her into a horse that can go thru washes, pick her way between cactus and make her way up and down steep hills by herself will take a LOT of work - all mental. But if she can learn the confidence and trust to handle trail riding, she'll also be a much nicer horse to ride in an arena.
In the process, I should learn a lot about what makes her tick, and gain a horse who works with me rather than for me. She has a lot of endurance and a ground-eating stride. If she can get past her fears, she'd be a great horse for covering ground.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)