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Dappled 10-07-2012 04:29 PM

When is a horse ready for trails?
When do you think that a horse is ready for a trail ride? I own a 4 year old thoroughbred mare who is 90 days undersaddle, w/t/c/j and has gone to one show. She loves her barn and arena but I want to keep her entertained! She has never raced*.:wink:

Painted Horse 10-07-2012 07:41 PM

I've taken a lot of my young horses out on the trails on their 3 or 4th ride. As long as I'm comfortable that they will give their head if I ask and that I have some kind of whoa.

I think a good trail ride following an experience trail horse is great work for a young horse.

If you horse is 90 days under saddle. I wouldn't hesitate to get them out and put them to work on a trail. But YOU need to evaluate your confidence level and whether you feel like you can control the horse.

Darrin 10-08-2012 12:25 AM

Horses are ready for the trail as soon as they have brakes and can be steered. Just be sure to stick them behind a calm, experienced trail horse.

FYI, I do like to pony them a few times first if possible but that's a personal preference and not a have to.

Gunnerssugarbar 10-11-2012 10:26 PM

The person that trained my horse took him on the trail the first week he was there. She feels, and I agree, that it's a great learning tool for them and the more they are exposed to the better horses they will be.

Brighteyes 10-11-2012 10:46 PM

As soon as you're sure they can stop. :wink: Make sure to install the breaks! One rein stop. Whatever happens, your horse can never get too out of hand if he can't get any power behind himself.

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