difficult/dangerous terrain - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 09:32 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ohio USA
Posts: 441
• Horses: 2
How "secure" do you feel on your horse? How balanced are you, as a rider? If the horse stumbles, how do you react? Do you rely on your saddle/stirrups or reins for "balance" going up or down hills?

Do you have independent hands, or do you "grasp" the reins (and horse's mouth) to rely on them for balance if there is a trip or stumble?

How well does your horse listen to you when you're in a "tight spot?" Does she get nervous and hurried if the footing is bad, or will she pick her way through tricky spots?

Just some things to consider.

A horse doesn't want to fall off a cliff any more than you do, but when it's carrying a rider that rider can either be a help or a hinderance to the horse's balance.

Is there anyone you know who knows the trails, and has a seasoned trail horse, who might be willing to go with you on that trail or at least tell you what to watch out for?
garlicbunny, Corporal and FlyGap like this.

"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp
Jolly Badger is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 10:43 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,964
• Horses: 3
1) remember that any sane horse will have a VERY strong self preservation instinct. As long as you can stay on the horse and out of its way in a sticky situation, The horse will do its best to get safely out of the situation. If nothing else, this fact should increase your trust in your horse.

2)stay out of the horses way. Imagine climbing a steep incline with uneven footing, wearing a moderately heavy pack. Now imagine the pack is moving around and trying to pull your head back. Its much easier for you to get the job done when the pack you are carrying is securely on, not interfering.

3)evaluate your horse. Your horse should be in decent shape, reasonably sure footed, responsive to your aids and well broke. It should also have demonstrated the ability to think in scary situations. If your horse is clumsy, argues over every command or falls to pieces when something scares it, keep it at home.

and most of all, have fun. Relax and enjoy. If you really are too uncomfortable with the trails, turn around and go home.
BlueSpark is offline  
post #13 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 01:11 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Posts: 6,324
• Horses: 2
You've gotten good advice!

When I get mine legged up and ready to go out I practice on dirt piles.
Great way to figure out their balance and practice your own.

I second, third, fourth, keeping out of their way when in a sticky situation. Just relax, go zen if you will. I also make sure my boots are loosely toed in the stirrups in case I have to bale. Give them their head, don't try to overcompensate with your balance, and remember to speak soft and encouraging words.
I've seen some people start yelling and that only further frustrates a horse or cues them to try the obstacle faster.

I've had some horses that were more surefooted than a mule, others that were out and out dangerous because they just didn't have it in them. It's never shameful to get off and walk something. Ha, I've even had horses help me keep my balance walking a stretch. Once Rick kept me from sliding off a steep embankment into a dry creek bed. I had decided the decline was too slippery and loose for him, he handled it fine, it was me that couldn't get a foothold in my boots!
garlicbunny and Corporal like this.

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
What do you mean what do I mean?
FlyGap is offline  
post #14 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 01:57 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Posts: 7,109
• Horses: 3
Use your brain and be realistic. If the terrain looks too much like a goat should only use it, abandon the trail.
Work your horse mounted in the MUD at home. You don't want him to panic bc there is a deep muddy area ahead with no way around it. You can just ground work and ride slowly, but horses that get scared in the mud tend to buck. 'O'\
Ride with a breastplate and I recommend a crupper. My excellent mare tends to slide saddles forward, so that really helps keep in it one place. PLUS, you can tighten up enough to mount and hope that your horse holds his breath a little so it's a little loose and comfortable for the long haul bc they both keep your saddle from sliding underneath the horse.
Get your horse in shape so he doesn't hate the work!
NEVER ride alone and especially in places with difficult terrain.
garlicbunny likes this.

A Jack and Three Queens, the latest book by James C. Dedman, Amazon.com
Hope that you fall in love with "Trot", like I did! http://www.horseforum.com/general-of...queens-617793/
Corporal is offline  
post #15 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 02:46 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern Nevada
Posts: 1,713
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by BlueSpark View Post
1) remember that any sane horse will have a VERY strong self preservation instinct. As long as you can stay on the horse and out of its way in a sticky situation, The horse will do its best to get safely out of the situation. If nothing else, this fact should increase your trust in your horse.
Except that I would wonder whether the horse's self-preservation instinct doesn't include getting rid of the couple hundred pounds of excess baggage on her back
jamesqf is offline  
post #16 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 11:44 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 1,298
• Horses: 4
Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
NEVER ride alone and especially in places with difficult terrain.
Whoops. I break this rule all the time. But then I've ridden my horses through some pretty nasty stuff and I trust them, So doing it alone isn't that big a deal to me. Now a green horse that I don't know how he will react. Yes I like having some company around to pick me up and brush me off.
smrobs and phantomhorse13 like this.
Painted Horse is offline  
post #17 of 17 Old 09-11-2013, 03:30 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern Nevada
Posts: 1,713
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by Painted Horse View Post
Whoops. I break this rule all the time.
I haven't broken it yet, with riding, mainly because my horse lives at my friend's place so we always go together, but I do break it for many other things some people say you should never do alone, like hiking, swimming, back-country skiing, and more. If I didn't do those things alone, I would hardly ever do them, because so few other people who do them. (I hardly ever see other people out doing them, once I get away from the few popular places.) And I wouldn't enjoy doing them nearly as much, because I'd probably be surrounded by a crowd of chattering humans
jamesqf is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Difficult difficult.. paintgirl96 Horse Training 7 03-10-2013 05:39 PM
Is he being Difficult? or needs training? RegTwist Horse Training 7 03-10-2013 03:56 AM
Riding terrain vs. pasture terrain LetAGrlShowU Trail Riding 14 07-17-2011 09:02 PM
a very difficult decision Magaidh General Off Topic Discussion 26 06-09-2011 09:39 AM
What kinds of terrain can horses handle? novice Horse Talk 7 03-04-2010 05:13 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome