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  • How to prepare your horse for a competitive trail riding event?

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    09-08-2011, 10:11 PM
Okay thank you I will ask the last owner tomorrow if she can do these things if not maybe I can find someone that could help me teach her. It looks as if it is done with leg pressure is that correct? Also how do you know when you need to make these movements?
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    09-08-2011, 10:22 PM
Green Broke
NATRC sounds like fun!!!
    09-08-2011, 10:26 PM
Originally Posted by QOS    
NATRC sounds like fun!!!
I agree!
    09-08-2011, 10:42 PM
Green Broke
NATRC is the greatest thing since cheese in a can. Full stop.

It is done off leg pressure indeed! Your horse may know how to do these things already. You have to figure out how to press the right buttons. Teaching them from scratch can be a little tricky. I would get someone to show you both how it's done. :)

You'll be stopped along the trail and asked by the judges for these movements. They may say, "Sidepass over that log," and you will, well, sidepass over that log. You'll know when you're required to do these things. The judges explain the obstacles well, and you can ask all the questions you want!
    09-08-2011, 10:49 PM
This is awsome! The man that helped me find her is super nice and is helping me with my riding and use to show Paso Finos I am sure he will know how to get her to do these things if she knows how and if not he has a really good trainer that I could get to teach her and me if need be.
    09-08-2011, 10:53 PM
Green Broke
That sounds brilliant. Good luck!
    09-08-2011, 10:54 PM
Thank you! I am looking forward to it!
    09-09-2011, 12:06 AM
You will have a blast. I'm in ACTHA and we set up 12 trail obstacles in my arena, round pen, and back yard this past weekend to get back into mental shape for the upcoming trail challenge in a couple of weeks. (I broke my arm this summer and am just now back in the saddle, trying to get back in condition!). You can see how your horse does on 6-7 mile trail rides in your area, and if she does okay, you'll be fine. The challenge allows you to take the trail at your own pace, and the people who compete (at least here in my area) are GREAT about giving you tips to help you do well. You get a score for the rider and a score for the horse.... Really fun. I ride gaited and you just tell them at the 'trot' obstacles that you're riding a gaited horse and they score you accordingly at the alternate gait.
    09-09-2011, 09:18 AM
Thank you I am looking forward to it.
    09-09-2011, 09:39 AM
I wish we had this competitions in Slovenia :(

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