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post #1 of 7 Old 03-27-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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how would I go about introducing Sonny to the trails?

Now since the weather is alot better, our lesson group has started to do some trail riding. I want to do one sooo badly, but I'd even more like to do it with Sonny.

Sonny was a previous trail horse, so he knows the basics, but the trails will all be new to him.

How would I go about introducing the trails to him? I was just thinking of walking him (me on the ground) through the trails for the first time...but is that the best way to do it?

How did you get your horse used to the trail? Did you just hop on and do the trail?
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If he was a trail horse previously, I don't really see any huge issue with re-introducing him to the trails. I would recommend going out with a buddy of his for the first few times just so he doesn't feel alone.


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What I did and still do with my babies is to take them out on trails by just leading them, as they are to young to be ridden.

Take him out by hand then bring an experience trail horse with you. Find a friend who will be able to come along who is also used to trails and go from there.

My recent mistake was to take my youngster on a trail with a friend of mine who was also riding a young horse. Never a good idea
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Take him out by hand then bring an experience trail horse with you
that's what I was going to say.. that's what we do with all our greenies, take em out with an old pro. That way if something happens they are less likely to freak because the other horse is fine.
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Take him out by hand then bring an experience trail horse with you
that's what I was going to say.. that's what we do with all our greenies, take em out with an old pro. That way if something happens they are less likely to freak because the other horse is fine.
here's the main problem with that
There's two "old pros"...one is a 16 year old gelding and the other is a 10 year old mare.
Sonny tries to bite, and attack the gelding...
And the mare hates everyone in general

The two horses that he gets along with fairly well are good on trails, but has their moments
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kinda ironic also..

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now since the weather is alot better
funny enough, it is snowing now...we've got at least 4 inches on the ground and it's still coming. Guess trails will have to wait...too many hills to do it in the snow
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here's the main problem with that
There's two "old pros"...one is a 16 year old gelding and the other is a 10 year old mare.
Sonny tries to bite, and attack the gelding...
And the mare hates everyone in general

The two horses that he gets along with fairly well are good on trails, but has their moments
Well you don't have to ride on top of each other, lol Just have the more experienced horse out front ( or to the side ) with pleanty of distance and space between at all times, so the horses can't have domestics with each other.

But yea I think that would be a good way to go to beggin with, ride out with another experienced horse. But if you are still worried that the horses will not get along well enough then just leading him out would help introduce him back to the trails just as well.
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