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    04-18-2012, 08:00 PM
  #101
Foal
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Originally Posted by Island Horselover    
Good point FlyGap! I totally agree trail riding is a challange for horse and rider and in my opinion it takes more traning for a good trail horse than a jumper! There is just so much more going on outside the arena. Do not get me wrong, I do both, show jumping and take my 17.2 warmblood in the trails and I trained her boths (arena work and trail riding) and lots of people told me that I can not take her on trails... well she is doing as well as my tuff QH and the only thing that gets in the way sometimes are those long legs :)) I am a trail guide and in the summer I am out in the trails for about 6-8 hours a day and trust me it can be hard on horse and rider and there is no "just" in trail riding!!!!
I agree! Trail riding can be tough, with all the different things you come in contact with outside the ring. Its takes time and patient for a bomb proof trail horse, but if you work at it enough it will come.
     
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    04-18-2012, 08:06 PM
  #102
Foal
I can't agree with y'all more. Trail riding to me, is the purest form of horsemanship. As unnatural as it is for our horses to be tacked and mounted, riding on the trail seems to be less of an obtrusive act on horses natural behavior. I feel as though I am one with my horse, and we are enjoying nature together at our own pace without the spotlight or fear of improper form. There are many challenges faced on the trail that will never be seen in an arena. It is so sad when I see arena horses terrified of being in nature walking the trails, don't these horses seem so nervous?
I don't mean to knock any horse disciplines because ultimately, we're all doing it for the love of horses, but when you say that I "just trail ride, " it's sad to think that your missing out on a great opportunity to allow you and horse to just "be" together.
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    04-22-2012, 01:07 PM
  #103
Foal
My mare is bossy, fast and mean. She dances around while I get on because she is so excited to go for a ride. Everyone I ride with is afraid of her and don't want their horse close to mine because they think she'll attack their precious "peanut rollers." Where I'm from "peanut rollers" refers to a QH that has been trained in WP. They have been taught to gait extremely slowly with their faces close to the ground to gain the affections of the judges. To each their own, live and let live, ect. To me, it seems that training a horse to do this is UNNATURAL. Lady and I have to constantly stop and turn in circles to let them catch up, it gets very annoying.

If I ever ride her in the arena she gives me maybe ten minutes of good behavior before she gets bored. She will begin to side pass, crow hop and give me strange ambling gaits because she wants to hit the trail, not ride in endless circles. When we get to go to different trails she is a completely different horse. Her head set is more level, she focuses more on my commands and she even gives a *sigh* as if to say, "Yeah, Sally, this is it. This is what we are supposed to do." Walking through muck up to her hocks, leaping over every little branch in the path and splashing in the lake are all things we get to do on a regular basis in the Michigan summers.

4-H showing is as close as I got to the competition circut. My mare at the time was a late twenties pure arab princess. She was very calm and collected, but the judges all wanted to see the QHs with the huge hind quarters and my flashy little arab just didn't do it for them. My parents bothe grew up as trail riders and so did I, so we didn't understand what the appeal was for people to break the bank on glam and glitz to ride in circles and have to prove yourself to a panel of strangers that you have a good chance to never see again. We cleaned up in speed and trail classes, then went home to relax and ride the trails like we always did.

So yes, I am "just a trail rider". I get to experience the pure joy of sharing a sunset from a view just on the backside of the lake that a great majority of the wold will never get to see. That expeience I share with the only other being on this planet I can spend all day with and not be tired of her. She listens to what I have to say, never judging me for what I look, sound or think like. We don't have to impress anyone and we can have a relaxing day with nature, seeing other animals in the woods that ATV'S and other instruments of travel would've scared off. We get to love what we do because we can do it without anyone else there to see.
     
    04-22-2012, 04:09 PM
  #104
Green Broke
I love trail riding! I trail ride a lot. There is a lot to see on a horses back than an inclosed arena. I love exploring new trails and trying new things. However,I also love doing arena work. When I'm out on trails I relax and let me horse look around and just enjoy ourselves but I also love to haul butt up hills and up the moutains. I live in OR so my friends and I are usually always riding up in the mountains and I have to say it is so peaceful!

"Just a trail rider"..people may say but take them on an extreme trail ride and I bet that they will never say that again. I use to think trail riding..EASY!...but it takes skill!
     
    04-22-2012, 04:25 PM
  #105
Yearling
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Originally Posted by sallytrailrider90    
My mare is bossy, fast and mean. She dances around while I get on because she is so excited to go for a ride. Everyone I ride with is afraid of her and don't want their horse close to mine because they think she'll attack their precious "peanut rollers." Where I'm from "peanut rollers" refers to a QH that has been trained in WP. They have been taught to gait extremely slowly with their faces close to the ground to gain the affections of the judges. To each their own, live and let live, ect. To me, it seems that training a horse to do this is UNNATURAL. Lady and I have to constantly stop and turn in circles to let them catch up, it gets very annoying.

If I ever ride her in the arena she gives me maybe ten minutes of good behavior before she gets bored. She will begin to side pass, crow hop and give me strange ambling gaits because she wants to hit the trail, not ride in endless circles. When we get to go to different trails she is a completely different horse. Her head set is more level, she focuses more on my commands and she even gives a *sigh* as if to say, "Yeah, Sally, this is it. This is what we are supposed to do." Walking through muck up to her hocks, leaping over every little branch in the path and splashing in the lake are all things we get to do on a regular basis in the Michigan summers.

4-H showing is as close as I got to the competition circut. My mare at the time was a late twenties pure arab princess. She was very calm and collected, but the judges all wanted to see the QHs with the huge hind quarters and my flashy little arab just didn't do it for them. My parents bothe grew up as trail riders and so did I, so we didn't understand what the appeal was for people to break the bank on glam and glitz to ride in circles and have to prove yourself to a panel of strangers that you have a good chance to never see again. We cleaned up in speed and trail classes, then went home to relax and ride the trails like we always did.

So yes, I am "just a trail rider". I get to experience the pure joy of sharing a sunset from a view just on the backside of the lake that a great majority of the wold will never get to see. That expeience I share with the only other being on this planet I can spend all day with and not be tired of her. She listens to what I have to say, never judging me for what I look, sound or think like. We don't have to impress anyone and we can have a relaxing day with nature, seeing other animals in the woods that ATV'S and other instruments of travel would've scared off. We get to love what we do because we can do it without anyone else there to see.
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    04-22-2012, 04:46 PM
  #106
Yearling
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Originally Posted by sallytrailrider90    
My mare is bossy, fast and mean. She dances around while I get on because she is so excited to go for a ride. Everyone I ride with is afraid of her and don't want their horse close to mine because they think she'll attack their precious "peanut rollers." Where I'm from "peanut rollers" refers to a QH that has been trained in WP. They have been taught to gait extremely slowly with their faces close to the ground to gain the affections of the judges. To each their own, live and let live, ect. To me, it seems that training a horse to do this is UNNATURAL. Lady and I have to constantly stop and turn in circles to let them catch up, it gets very annoying.

If I ever ride her in the arena she gives me maybe ten minutes of good behavior before she gets bored. She will begin to side pass, crow hop and give me strange ambling gaits because she wants to hit the trail, not ride in endless circles. When we get to go to different trails she is a completely different horse. Her head set is more level, she focuses more on my commands and she even gives a *sigh* as if to say, "Yeah, Sally, this is it. This is what we are supposed to do." Walking through muck up to her hocks, leaping over every little branch in the path and splashing in the lake are all things we get to do on a regular basis in the Michigan summers.

4-H showing is as close as I got to the competition circut. My mare at the time was a late twenties pure arab princess. She was very calm and collected, but the judges all wanted to see the QHs with the huge hind quarters and my flashy little arab just didn't do it for them. My parents bothe grew up as trail riders and so did I, so we didn't understand what the appeal was for people to break the bank on glam and glitz to ride in circles and have to prove yourself to a panel of strangers that you have a good chance to never see again. We cleaned up in speed and trail classes, then went home to relax and ride the trails like we always did.

So yes, I am "just a trail rider". I get to experience the pure joy of sharing a sunset from a view just on the backside of the lake that a great majority of the wold will never get to see. That expeience I share with the only other being on this planet I can spend all day with and not be tired of her. She listens to what I have to say, never judging me for what I look, sound or think like. We don't have to impress anyone and we can have a relaxing day with nature, seeing other animals in the woods that ATV'S and other instruments of travel would've scared off. We get to love what we do because we can do it without anyone else there to see.
Your response makes me tear up. My mare is perfect, like yours. I enjoy her "Let's go" attitude more than any other part if my life, including kids and grand kids. Is that wrong? I'm responding by mobile, so don't categorize my response by length. I love what we do in the trail, it's my church and my mare is my best friend. She knows what I mean...
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