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post #81 of 106 Old 04-09-2012, 09:12 PM
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This thread is making me laugh because I so badly want to be "just a trail rider."

There are no trails where my lease mare is, so we ride endless circles around the arena "working on things" and no amount of serpentines, figure 8s, or trot poles livens it up. I know she is bored too. But, even the outdoor arena puts her on edge, so I have serious doubts that she'd ever make the transition to being a reliable mount out in the real world.

I'm thinking hard about my horsey future, which I really want to involve having a couple of horses at home with an eye towards long distance riding (should be feasible in our mountainous part of NH). However, I don't know anyone who has the same goals and ambitions, and I'm really scared to ask for advice about buying a "trail horse" as my first horse, since I think most of the horse people I know would completely misinterpret that based on some of the stereotypes covered here and steer me in the wrong direction.

I work intense 10 hour days doing statistical research, and at the end of them, I want to be outside, under the sun and trees, thinking about nothing but the trail ahead of us. Counting the arena door going by is just not doing it for me, so I'm trying to be patient and know that some day in the not-so-distant future, I might be able to join your "just trail riders" club too!
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post #82 of 106 Old 04-09-2012, 09:55 PM
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This thread is making me laugh because I so badly want to be "just a trail rider."

and I'm really scared to ask for advice about buying a "trail horse" as my first horse, since I think most of the horse people I know would completely misinterpret that based on some of the stereotypes covered here and steer me in the wrong direction.

I work intense 10 hour days doing statistical research, and at the end of them, I want to be outside, under the sun and trees, thinking about nothing but the trail ahead of us. Counting the arena door going by is just not doing it for me, so I'm trying to be patient and know that some day in the not-so-distant future, I might be able to join your "just trail riders" club too!
Girl I feel where you're coming from! My horse is a solid trail horse, if we can find some darned trails to go on! I know what my next big purchases are going to be ;P

Hmm, maybe find a horse that has endurance riding experience? They do trails and can ride for miles and miles and miles.

I'm sure you'll find the right horse for you! And then you can share with us pictures of your relaxing adventures haha!
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post #83 of 106 Old 04-10-2012, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Erogan feel free to pick our brains when you start looking! I LOVE a good horse shop!

I wouldn't feel bad about asking friends and cohorts for advice, and if I were you I'd start looking around for trainers, breeders, and programs that specialize in trail riding and endurance in your area. I'm sure there are some in NH.

As for being outside and in the "wilderness" after a long hard day at work, girl you hit it spot on! Good luck!
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post #84 of 106 Old 04-10-2012, 09:53 AM
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This thread is making me laugh because I so badly want to be "just a trail rider."

There are no trails where my lease mare is, so we ride endless circles around the arena "working on things" and no amount of serpentines, figure 8s, or trot poles livens it up. I know she is bored too. But, even the outdoor arena puts her on edge, so I have serious doubts that she'd ever make the transition to being a reliable mount out in the real world.

I'm thinking hard about my horsey future, which I really want to involve having a couple of horses at home with an eye towards long distance riding (should be feasible in our mountainous part of NH). However, I don't know anyone who has the same goals and ambitions, and I'm really scared to ask for advice about buying a "trail horse" as my first horse, since I think most of the horse people I know would completely misinterpret that based on some of the stereotypes covered here and steer me in the wrong direction.

I work intense 10 hour days doing statistical research, and at the end of them, I want to be outside, under the sun and trees, thinking about nothing but the trail ahead of us. Counting the arena door going by is just not doing it for me, so I'm trying to be patient and know that some day in the not-so-distant future, I might be able to join your "just trail riders" club too!
I hope you can make this come true, because there is nothing that compares to having your horse at home!! My horse was boarded for only a short while when I became her owner, and it was awesome that we were able to build a nice shed and fencing to bring her home. It's a total commitment and a lot of hard work, and I've found all horse owners to feel the same as I do - the sacrifices are sooo worth it! Shame on anyone in your horse circle that would make anyone feel afraid to ask or discuss trail riding - believe me, if they were to have their horse available right out the back door in the beautiful countryside they'd be singing a different tune! Word things in your favor if need be. "I'm going to purchase a horse for my property and enjoy the pleasure of riding there." If anything, they'd be pretty envious. Best of luck, and know you have a whole lot of people here on the forum to cheer you on :)
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You all are great- thanks for the encouragement. I will definitely be stopping back in this forum when I am officially looking. We just took the first step to making this a reality- we are officially moved in to a beautiful 5.5 acre property. The lot is still fairly wooded without fencing, and the house needs a complete kitchen and bathroom renovation first, so patience is the key here.

I'm extremely grateful for the situation I'm in with my leased mare (and hey, the benefit of an indoor arena is that I got to keep riding all winter, even though it wasn't particularly harsh this year). But, when I close my eyes at night, my dream is to have horses at home and head out exploring.

My not-so-secret plan is to befriend our new neighbors, who have a beautiful, empty barn and fields, to see if maybe there's a way to move up the timeline a little. But, if not, I've waited 32 years so far for my own horses, I think I can stand another year or two. I will just continue to live vicariously through all of you until then!
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Bravo, when I get on here a lot of times its all about arena, jumping, dressage and its hardly ever about trail riding. The thing I love about trail riders is they rarely run across a horse they can't ride to some degree, whereas I have some arena friends who act as if, a horse that trail rides is some kind of pasture pet. I had a friend who had never been outside an arena and finally admitted that she feared going out on a trail ride, because of the open spaces and what if the horse got away from her. I admire people who can ride and I don't care where they ride at. My husband always beats them to the punch by saying stuff like "you sure you can ride my rednecked horses" lol
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Heck, I'm PROUD of my trail horses! They're not 'just trail horses'... they're "Trail Horses".
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You all are great- thanks for the encouragement. I will definitely be stopping back in this forum when I am officially looking. We just took the first step to making this a reality- we are officially moved in to a beautiful 5.5 acre property. The lot is still fairly wooded without fencing, and the house needs a complete kitchen and bathroom renovation first, so patience is the key here.

I'm extremely grateful for the situation I'm in with my leased mare (and hey, the benefit of an indoor arena is that I got to keep riding all winter, even though it wasn't particularly harsh this year). But, when I close my eyes at night, my dream is to have horses at home and head out exploring.

My not-so-secret plan is to befriend our new neighbors, who have a beautiful, empty barn and fields, to see if maybe there's a way to move up the timeline a little. But, if not, I've waited 32 years so far for my own horses, I think I can stand another year or two. I will just continue to live vicariously through all of you until then!
You're welcome! Definitely keep us posted, as you are among friends here - We're all in this together :)
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One of the reasons why I chose where I lease and ride is the availability of fields and trails to ride on.

While I am a strong believer in gymnastic training of the horse in the arena using dressage, I am by no means limited to that.

Not a week goes by in good weather when I drive her out of her stall and into the woods and fields and ride.

But even when trail riding, I insist on correct riding (on the bit, connected from back to front, listening to the rider).
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I pretty much only trail ride these days. I would love to have some of the options some other folks have, in Utah and Arizona, of riding in that big open dramatic scenery. But, I dont'. But I do have 400 acres of wooded trails, so I better not complain! Riding on the trails, trotting and cantering where it works out, popping over logs, it's such a blast.. And working on uneven terrain , going uphill and down (not huge hills, but some) helps the horse and the rider better develop balance.

We don't just walk along. We go!


Whereever I can, when walking along I ride "on the buckle". Having no rein contact is as important as having correct rein contact.
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