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        07-04-2013, 12:46 AM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by goneriding    
    A factor to consider is how much "true" turn out your horses have. It does help their overall condition if they have access to larger acreage to run etc.

    I agree...we have 20 acres that my horses have full run of and they are all in great shape..i can take my mare after really light riding all winter and hit the trail in the spring and not miss a beat..we ride all day too, stop for lunch and go, my mare still meets me at the barn when I whistle regardless of how far out she is, she loves it!! I too am a weekend worrier riding that is done during week is usually tune up or fine tuning..
         
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        07-04-2013, 04:21 PM
      #12
    Started
    We feed and groom our horses twice a day, so even though we're not riding them during the week we still spend a fair amount of quality time with them.
         
        07-05-2013, 06:05 PM
      #13
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Takes lots of time and effort getting a horse trained for the trail. Lots of miles. Biscuit and I rode 530 miles year before last and only 365 last year. This year is pretty pathetic but we are getting there. I am not having the trouble catching in in the pasture anymore because like my buddy said - you have to be smarter than the horse. I show up with the trailer and Biscuit is like "uh....dang...I'd rather stay here with Sarge and eat grass". Now I walk down to his pasture - he can't see the trailer and he is a happy camper and loads like a dream.

    Working on making my horse a top notch trail horse - he skittered at two 4-wheelers yesterday and went into giraffe mode. Had I not just had surgery I would have stayed on. I got off and walked him. I may have to take him to my cousin's and let her hubby ride around the pasture on their 4 wheeler to get Biscuit over those jitters. I try to always listen to my horse when he goes into giraffe mode...dang...is it a snake, hogs, a dog? I listen and trust him and he is trusting me.

    Love all the "what it takes to make a good trail horse". It is not for all horses or all riders!
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        07-07-2013, 10:53 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by gunslinger    
    Mark was very disrespectful then IMO.

    My horse is "just a trail horse", because that's all I want her to be.

    Is my horse perfect? No, but neither am I.

    You get out of it what you put into it. I wish I had time to ride everyday but I don't. In the mean time, I make do with what time I've got and often don't do things I need to do in order to do what I love, and that's ride my horse on trails in the mountains with my wife and friends.
    Gunsinger...couldn't agree more...thats exactly what I like to do. I am able to ride some evenings but I have friends who ride once a week and their horses are awesome....problem I have had is horse who ride 1 every couple of months around the arena and then are expected to go on a 20 miler in the mountains!

    PS...my horses aren't perfect....but they are safe!
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        07-07-2013, 11:13 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    

    Take trailering for instance. When I first started riding Ellie, a bit over a year ago, she did NOT want to get into the trailer. Had to have her on a lunge line running through the tie bracket inside the first few times. Gradually she got better, 'til now I almost think I could just say "Ellie, get in the trailer", and she would. But if I had waited until she was at that point before trailering out, she never would have learned that riding is fun, and I would have missed a lot of rides, and opportunities for training (both of us) on other trail stuff.

    And how do I train her to load in any trailer, when we only have the one?
    Do what you did for the trailer on all of the trail riding things a horse needs to do. They don't have to be perfect...just safe...you have to know how they handle/react to things and constantly improve. Riding with experienced horses helps. Your right you can't just wait till they can do everything perfectly...they have to learn from experience. Sounds like your doing exactly right with you and your horse.....I was targeting folks who don't ride their horses on trails much and then take them out to the mountains and expect them to be great trail horses.

    I live in an area with a lot of trailers ..... so I asked some neighbors if I could load my horses in there trailers and they said yes...so I rode my horses over and practiced...i used approx five trailers and it took about five times before they would just jump in any trailer....then took my horse to a friends to ride and he jumped right in their trailer.....but horses being horses didn't want to load in my trailer when we got back...ugh!
         
        07-07-2013, 11:17 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    My husband has a friend who's wife has "barrel horses" and one "trail horse" that in the 8 years I've known them have not left their small dry lot areas. Every year they'd take the one they called the trail horse out to use to pack his bosses hunting party into a very rugged area over hear to hunt and every year that horse would blow up....then they would all be so surprised! these are not my friends, the wife years ago made it clear she felt she and her well bred horses were better then me and my lowly trail horses....I informed her what I thought of the neglectful treatment she gave to her well bred horses with the lack of exercise she gave them and their inability to exercise on their own...We don't speak
         
        07-07-2013, 11:19 PM
      #17
    Foal
    QOS,

    Like what you did and liked your idea about how to improve. I actually took my horses out to a dirt back/4 wheeler area and rode around took a couple of times but now their pretty used to them.
         
        07-08-2013, 12:01 AM
      #18
    QOS
    Green Broke
    I had the opportunity to walk Biscuit up to a 4 wheeler! They were heading right for us and Biscuit was going into giraffe mode. The boy on it stopped the engine and I told him Biscuit was a little afraid. Biscuit scooted over to the other side of my cousins horse. Once the machine was off I walked him up to it and gave the two kids on it a treat to give to Biscuit. I thought it was a great training opportunity for him to see that 4 wheelers don't have to be chasing him! The more a horse can be exposed to different machinery or situations the better. You never know what is going to pop up on a trail! Could be hogs, dogs, alligators, heavy machinery, backfiring vehicles, a walmart bag! Biscuit isn't really skittish on the trail thank God!
         

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