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    06-21-2014, 06:37 PM
Common sense horsemanship.... what my Daddy always called it. Thanks for the post you gave me some great reminders. I needed those. Good Weekend!
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    03-16-2015, 07:26 AM
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
Great post Cherie! I love reading your posts (I saved a similar post you did from a long time ago on training trail horses).

Since trail is what I "do" I really try to learn all I can.

I seem to have a knack for riding nervous/high strung horses and I think it's because I don't feed off of their fear. It's not that I don't get afraid, because there is always a time and place that I can get scared too. But I "don't sweat the small stuff" and get bent out of shape if the horse jumps at something or worries a little or refuses to walk or gets jiggy. I just have gotten to the point that I let that stuff roll off, do the best I can to control the situation and keep riding.

I see so many people get scared, tense and even mad at their horses because the horse gets a little scared/nervous and it just escalates the whole problem. It goes from a tiny blip on the radar to all-out war.

I usually let my horses stop and look at scary things for a moment or two and then attempt to ride on like it is nothing. Most of the time that works for me. I will keep in mind that perhaps I should just ride on like it is nothing to begin with. Sometimes a horse has so much fear of an object you can tell that if you just ride on past the horse will try to flee from it. If I feel that is going to be the case I let them "look" until I feel we can ride past it without fleeing. It seems like those few seconds lets the horse settle a bit instead of doing a knee-jerk reaction.

But in any approach, the rider needs to take the attitude that whatever the scary object is, it is nothing at all and not project nervousness to the horse.

Thank you for the great advice.
I agree some but not completely. You can avoid a wreck by trusting in the horse as well as the horse trusting you. They see things on the trail at times that you may not see. Example..a small thin vine across the trail that looks like a electric fence wire. You didn't see it but the horse did. Would you really expect a horse to walk through a fence wire? No and if you did you'd be laying on the ground looking up. Sometimes you have to listen to your horse.
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    05-18-2015, 01:04 AM
Originally Posted by Cherie    
'Almost' any horse will make a good trail horse. Some super paranoid, exceptionally spooky horses will always need a confident rider
Thirty pages but I did not see any farther info on this. Seriously wondering how to know or recognize when a horse is super paranoid and exceptionally spooky that would always need a confident ( and probably highly skilled) rider.
    05-20-2015, 03:42 PM
Great post! Totally helpful for me this year! :)
    10-10-2015, 06:02 PM
I agree that it all starts with obedience and getting a horse to trust you. So many people just throw a saddle on their horse and "hope" that their trail ride will go well.

I have spent a great deal of time on the bond with my horse. My Levi is two and when I got him, he was afraid of everything. I wasn't convinced that he could become a trail horse. But I have such a bond with him, that even as a green two year old...he could easily be used as a lesson horse or kids could ride him.

I'm always trying to think of new things that he could encounter on the trail and desensitize him to it, but I liked your concept Cherie that when he is willing to trust me then everything else will be ok.

Thanks for this post.
    12-26-2015, 12:43 AM
Thanks Cherie. Awesome, printed this for my wall.

spooking, trail horse

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