Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
The horse I had previously absolutely despised trail riding he became a nervous nuerotic mess. Put him in an arena and he turned into a totally different horse, a real show horse, confident and beautiful.
Phoenix, the horse I have now, on the other hand is completely the opposite. She loves going for a ride and the more difficult the trail the better she seems to like it. Her perfect day is a jaunt along a track that she has never been on before. Phoenix is the only horse I have ever ridden that fights to avoid turning down the drive way toward home. Honestly I have to wrestle her to turn home. She gets so excited when we go for a ride and gets quite depressed if we just go for an amble down the road, she finds a road ride borrring!! We have a particular area for schooling and when I head her for that area she gets very snarky, her tail starts to swish violently and she kicks with a hind leg and does what I call "bum lifts" in protest of schooling. Once we start schooling she is ok and settles in alright but definitely has no enthusiasm for it. For Phoenix 15 minutes of schooling is hard work, a 6 hour trail ride isn't.