02-09-2013, 11:38 AM
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First your horse has to have confidence in your leadership. Once that is established they have to gain confidence in themselves. Both come from miles in the saddle.
I don't know what kind of confidence you project to your horse with out watching you ride but that is a major key in making a good trail horse. Problem is a lot of people think they are confident when not. Second issue is even when not confident in yourself you have to project confidence to your horse. Try to give yourself an honest evaluation here. Friends are likely to tell you that you're a greatest rider around so they are not the best people to rate you.
Now your horse. Move her out front for just short periods at first then move her back behind again. Try to move back in line before your horse spooks or misbehaves in anyway. If they do, don't let them back in line keep them out front for a short while longer. Moving her back for spooking is a reward in her mind. You should be able to gradually keep her out front for longer periods of time. Watch your horse like a hawk, they generally transmit when they are thinking about spooking. As soon as you start seeing signs of a spook, change her mind by asking her to do something. Also, don't stare down something you think will spook your horse as they can see where you are looking. If you stare at something then obviously there must be a reason so they need to worry too.
The other way...go out by yourself and do not turn back because you are frustrated. When you do turn to head for home, don't let your horse hurry. Go back at the same speed as you left.