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post #1 of 8 Old 12-16-2011, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Letting a lesson kid trail ride??

One of my lesson kids is getting really too advanced for me to be teaching anymore.
However, she and her parents really want me to continue being her instructor so this girl's lessons are pretty much turning into paid "fun with horses" time.

I'm thinking that it would be really nice for her to be able to take Lacey on a little trail ride (where she's riding and I follow along on foot) but I'm not sure if that's the worst idea ever.\
She's advanced enough to control whatever Lacey does and Lacey is really really well behaved for her.
I've also been having them practice (only the girl doesn't know she's been practicing) for a trail ride by having this girl take Lacey to areas of the field (3 acre field, so it's like a fenced in trail ride, kinda) she doesn't want to go to and control her well in those areas. She's been doing really well at that and Lacey is now ok with going pretty much anywhere this girl tells her to go.
Also, we're talking a 15 minute trail ride, 30 minutes round trip, no trotting/cantering, just walking on a trail that Lacey is very familiar with.

Is this the worst idea ever? Or is it ok? would you do this?
If we do this, I'd have the girl ride Lacey in the pelham (no curb rein though, just snaffle) just to ensure that she has full control. I don't anticipate any problems but it's better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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Why not ride another horse and pony Lacey? It gives the horses a mental break from the arena. If you are on another horse the gal can experience different things the trail offers, logs, hills. She'd probably be thrilled with at least a half hour ride. There is much to teach while on a trail ride. Use a rope that's at least 10' long attached to a rope halter under the bridle. This will give you a lot of control if needed. Plus you won't be dealing with a horse that might not want to leave home. My kids loved trail lessons.
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I probably should have mentioned something about that- I have no access to any other horses. Lacey's a lone horse at "her" house. There are two horses that share a fence line with her but I've seen/talked to their owners all of twice in the last 2 years.

If I had access to another horse, we'd be going on trail rides all the time and it'd be super great. But...no other horse. :(

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I do trail rides as my job and we often end up walking to keep an eye on kids or beginner adults that are nervous. It really seems to help to be on foot just in case. I also like the idea of ponying if you have a horse that wouldn't kick at Lacey. I think that either way the girl would enjoy it and it would be good for the horses.
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I think it's a great idea. If you don't think she'd be embarrassed by it, you could clip a lead shank and halter under the bridle until she feels comfortable on trail.
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I also think it's a great idea! The change of pace will be great for both of them, and you should have no problem if you're just walking and the girl is as advanced as she sounds.

If you're nervous though, you could always clip a lungeline to the mare's bridle (or better, halter- if you leave yours on). That way she's completely in control but you have some 'insurance' while being able to meander around behind, in front of, or beside Lacy. Thats what I always do with first time trail riders, and it works fantastically.
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I think it would be a wonderful idea! :)
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I'm glad you all seem to think it's a good idea! I think she'll really enjoy herself. she wanted to try it last summer before Lacey and I went to camp but she just wasn't ready then.
Now, she definitely is and I'm excited to surprise her with it when she says to me "so...what are we doing today?" and I get to say "Going on a trail ride!!!".

*so excited*

Thanks for the helpful ideas and opinions!

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