I'm a "just trail rider" when I ride. My daughter (10) is the actual rider in the family, her Dad and I are her chauffeurs and ground crew 90% of the time. She and her horse are primarily English flat riders (might start jumping this year), they show both Western and English, sort cows (and ducks), play day (barrels, poles, etc), and love to go out on the trail. Sometimes I grab one of the BO's horses and join her for a trail ride.
Let me tell you, she is the most sore after a couple of hours trail riding. :). It really challenges her and her horse because you DO have to work harder and longer with more obstacles than you find in the sand arena. We love it as a change of pace for her QH. I'm hoping in time to move away from arena showing and look into trail challenges as our next big "event".
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