Thanks, WOT. My mare was used in the mointians before as a riding horse and a pack horse. However she was only used about two times a year for the hunting season. She just sat in a pasture the remaining part of the year for many years. The previous owner also said she gaited naturally. However as my first gaited horse I know its in part my fault I cannot get her to gait. She is practically pure mountian goat and is fearless on trails. She tackled those so quickly and easily I could not even freak out....and I would have. I have serious issues with heights and spent the weeks prior to the trip freaking myself out about the unknown trails and steep drop offs and such. I was told therr was some nasty ones up there but we never got that far into the trail system.
My worst fear os my horse freaking out on some scary trail and both of us going over a cliff. I really try to avoid those types of trails but do occasionally end up riding them, though usually on more experience horses.
I would like to know though...why will a horse walk as close as possible to the drop off edge even though the trail is nice and wide and no one else is on it??? Lol!
My friends horse is an experienced endurance horse and goes well in all terrain. My horse was in love with him and stuck to him like glue. It was cool on the day we took a tiny single track trail that followed the creek along a very steep ridge. There was a lot of dead fall and we had to trail blaze some. In one spot there was a downed log we had to step over about 18-24" tall. On the way back my friend got a bit ahead of me and my mare jumped the log from a standstill and galloped up a very step hill to catch up. Earlier on the trail there was a 4-5' very steep almost vertical incline set up like two stairs. Going up was ok, coming back down it was freaky. I had been on a paid adventure trail ride and had passed on a similar obstacle because it freaked me out and their seasoned dude string horse hesitated on it. My horse did not and was over so fast, and yes exhilirating. I wanted to try it one more time but we never rode that far again.
My friend wants to go back so I will get another chance. Maybe I will get braver and braver as I get more exposure to this kind of stuff. But I doubt I will ever be really cool with heights, I cannot even climb ladders and getting to my brothers third story apartment freaks me out...alot(no elevators, open stairway). I feel like such a woosie when it comes to heights. They literally make me physically ill.
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