Are any of you on the facebook group Horse Trails & Camping Across America? There are some awesome photos of some amazing(some pretty scary) trails out there. The is another group Through The Horses Ears that is worldwide. It helps me get my riding in the mountians fix when I am stuck down here in the desert. I really want to ride some of those trails, and not all of them are in the mountians.
Anyhow...back on track there was a posting of a dead horse at the bottom of a mountian trail not to far from me. They don't know whom the owner is yet or what happened. The saddle was cut off and the saddlebags cleaned out so they assume the rider is fine. This is my worst nightmare and the reason I am so stressed on trails with much heights or dropoffs. I am NEVER getting over this fear now. I guess I will be riding on the flatest trails I possibly can now. My friend is going to really hate riding with me now.
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You have to ride the hills and at times some of the steeper ones. That's how the horse learns to get around. If he has been ridden only on flat ground he will not have a clue how to go down hill or along hill trails and that makes him dangerous. As for drop offs, well that scars the stuff out of me as well and I avoid them. I get drawn to the edge in high places.
But you have to trust the horse and give it its head, he does not want to die either. However I do understand how you feel. If you can find a friend that has hill country and in a paddock turn the horse out for a few days he will teach himself how to go up and down so when you get on again the horse has some experience.
My first horse Savannah spent the first two years of her life on very steep mountain country. In fact the first few hours of her life she was stuck in a swamp and draged out by a quad bike, given back to her dame and she was one very confident horse. When going down hill it was legs forward by her ears give her her head and hang on. Savannah did not bother in following the trail around she just went down the hill wether I wanted her to or not.
Savannah at three