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post #1 of 2 Old 06-30-2009, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Tips training for trails.

One thing to remember when working on young horses, is getting them used to different footing. I never really did this too much, and we were on a trail (Thunder my 3 yr old gelding) and going down at a slant, he couldnt really get a good footing on the big round river rocks. To say the least, we slipped and he popped me off and I hit my back on a big rock. Another thing to remember that might get overlooked is toughening up the feet. After the first ride or so out on different terrain I noticed my gelding's frogs and what now were chewed up....not bad to where he was lame, but still roughened up a bit. Get them used to working on gravel and big rocks.
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-30-2009, 06:26 PM
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Oh, that's what happened. Okay. That's scary and you are right, it is a good idea to be very cautious around new footing.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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