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post #141 of 299 Old 04-23-2012, 04:21 PM
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Thanks for this thread. Lots of really great advice. I'm off riding today with this advice in mind!
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post #142 of 299 Old 04-27-2012, 11:20 PM
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--Cherie How about this one? My core balance is now terrible & I still lean forward on occasion but this saddle helps some although I'd like the assoc tree with swells a little more.
Cherie I want it girl I want to be confident like you and make my horse better/more confident. I saw my horse transform in front of my eyes becoming confident and not caring about the scary things around her when my more exp cousin rode her I was never so sad and made a commitment to become better for my young mare. I'm gonna do it there is no one that wants to be a better rides for my horse than me...some days when I"m nervous I wonder if Clinton anderson isn't correct about taking a small drink before riding...LOL
THATS so funny when i was younger 13 i was ridding my un trained horse thu trails and boy was i scared how my gelding was fearless of all things around him ill never know! Although i rode with over 100 trainers at times a few that i rode with a lot would buy me wine or winecoolers just to settle my nerves i dont know if it ever worked or if its even a good idea. seemed to me i was just trusting my horse to be good, work hard, and not make us look stupid. now its me that has to be the leader... hes not the same horse anymore. i dont know what happend but im more confident and take him places he doesnt wanna go!

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post #143 of 299 Old 05-01-2012, 04:24 PM
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Excellent, informative post. In some ways, it's a lot like training a dog!
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post #144 of 299 Old 05-04-2012, 11:04 PM
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Cherie!

I would really love to speak with you about my just turned 7 year old MFT that thinks everything might eat him on the trail even though I've been working with him for 10 months on groundwork, trusting me as his leader, etc. I'm new and can't send PMs yet would you mind contacting me : rockabilyjen33@aol.com? I understand if you don't have the time. I do like and understand your approach which is why I ask! Thx!
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post #145 of 299 Old 05-10-2012, 01:52 AM
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I've run to several post about how to trail a horse but this is much more useful for me. You indeed have a sense of horsemanship. I'm a horse lover and so I want to know more and more about horses. Keep posting!
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post #146 of 299 Old 05-12-2012, 09:48 AM
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I have a TB that was retired from the track and was rescued from a feed lot. He is very smart horse and want to use him for a trail rider. He has spent very little time on the trails. I have been working with him for a couple months to get him where I want him to be mentally. But after reading your post I am begining to wonder if I should think about getting a different horse. Is that my best bet? Cause he has came a long ways in the few months that I have had him or should I continue to working with him?
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post #147 of 299 Old 05-12-2012, 08:45 PM
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I have a TB that was retired from the track and was rescued from a feed lot. He is very smart horse and want to use him for a trail rider. He has spent very little time on the trails. I have been working with him for a couple months to get him where I want him to be mentally. But after reading your post I am begining to wonder if I should think about getting a different horse. Is that my best bet? Cause he has came a long ways in the few months that I have had him or should I continue to working with him?
I don't see any reason why your OTB can't be a good trail horse. I know plenty of TBs that are fine trail horses. When I was 16 I had one that became a great trail horse once she learned to watch her feet instead of sightseeing. It sounds like your horse has been coming along so as long as you don't mind putting in the work to CREATE a good trail horse (as opposed to buying one that is already good) stick with him - in my opinion!
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post #148 of 299 Old 05-13-2012, 07:32 PM
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Good advice from Rockabillyjen33. Key word is "create" and you can do it by teaching a horse. That's why Basic Training for a Safe Trail Horse is a good handbook for HOW to teach and create a trail horse. One good way to teach a horse to watch where it puts its feet is to ride over clear-cut areas (at a walk) Even a gaited horse with high head carriage can learn to pick its way carefully and become as good a "peanut roller" as any Quarter Horse.
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post #149 of 299 Old 05-31-2012, 01:15 PM
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I think you put that really well. A lot of riders are the ones making their hoses panic about their surroudings instead of just riding them through the trails,
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post #150 of 299 Old 06-02-2012, 09:41 PM
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This Is Great

Thanks for the post. I mostly ride trails and am currently training a 3yr old. i mostly take her hiking on trails with me sice she isnt broke yet but occasionally we hit the trails bareback when shes doin good. But from what ive seen from other peoples horses on the trails is my 3yr old has way more confidence on the trail than many 12yr olds. I love your idea of ignoring everything because i once had a pony who had to move her head from side to side so she could site see.
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