I trailer all over the country and often run brand new trails. I never know what I will find coming around a corner. Could be a pedestrian foot bridge, a flite of stairs, a steep slippery bank, a rushing stream, a big washout or anything. Even a large lawn mower parked in the middle of the trail?
How do you handle all these new challenges??? I often have to wait on busy street corners for the traffic light to cross. At one time a bus pulled right up in front of us, openned the door with a big whoosh of air and a smiling driver asked if I wanted a ride
I unload in a corner of a maul or the side of a busy highway and ride from there and again you run into everything imaginable and you don't have time to train for everything you will encounter.
So how do you do it??? Get off? Say please?? Advance and retreat until you get past the obsticle?? Find another way around it??
How about a narrow foot bridge over a ravine and NO SIDES?? Again do you turn around, retreat and try to find another way around???
If we give all this attention to a puddle what are you going to do with a 3 foot wide dame, concrete, rushing water on one side and a 12 foot drop on the other side?? Again retreat??
I train with force. I will put my guy against any Parelli trained horse, any one.
I fought the battle over the puddle last fall and after that he never refused again.
So guys how do you handle new rides, in new places with new obsticles???
The only thing I got off for, the only thing was a low tunnel under a 6 lane highway that would have taken my head off if I tried riding through but that is the only thing the forced me off the horse. Every single thing I encountered over the summer he did without hesitation once he felt the bump of a spur.