When I trail ride, I usually don't train as much as far as what I would normally do in the arena. It's what I consider "down time", even though we're still going for a ride.
I just go out and have a good ride; will walk, trot, canter, etc, but not extremely concerned about head set, or how collected he is; as long as he is paying attention to me, paying attention to his footing, and not getting over excited, or trying to evade cues, I am not too particular. Now, if he decides to pick a 'fight', say he starts head tossing and prancing, then I might do some circle and serpentine work, and general bending and flexing to get his attention back; but it's only if he 'asks' for it on a trail ride...I will train if I have too, but for the most part, it's a good time for both of us.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 09-07-2009 at 12:59 AM.