Originally Posted by kitten_Val
So I read an article other day by one of the European trainers (can't remember the name, sorry!). He does english (hm, of course
) and he states that every horse should go on trail ride at least 1-2/week to keep it "in healthy mind".
While I completely agree that trail riding teaches the horse lots of things (desensitizing to the scary objects, for example), I'd like to hear opinions on that. Also some horses just don't like trail riding at all (not a matter of being scared, just boring I guess?). So would you still force them to trail riding "to keep healthy mind"?
YES!!!!!!!EVERY HORSE SHOULD TRAIL RIDE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, EVEN IF IT'S JUST TWENTY MINUTES DOWN A TRAIL AND BACK...
Even a road, or bike path, down streets, something... if there are no trails in the area (but trails would be way better).
And if they don't like to trail ride, they WILL learn to. It's a time to give them their heads and RELAX and be HORSES.
Even on a trail they can learn and practice "arena work". For example you can bridle them up for a few strides, release. You can pick them up and move them around holes, logs, rocks, etc. with your leg aids. It gets them in shape good too.
Really trail riding can be used to train as well. I think eventually all horses who don't get out will go sour...Besides don't you get board riding in an arena every time you go out to ride?