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post #1 of 153 Old 05-18-2013, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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NOT trail riding? EVER?!

I guess it shows my inexperience when I learned that some people just don't ride on trails! I couldn't wrap my brain around this. Wasn't that the ultimate goal? A relaxing trip out in the woods, just you and your horse? Don't the horses need the mental break from training in the arena? Doesn't it help them to become more confident and trust their rider? Am I alone in this shock?!

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post #2 of 153 Old 05-18-2013, 09:03 PM
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Well some horses can't ride on trails, take mine for example, he spooks at the slightest noise... And some people just don't feel comfortable doing it.
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Some horses really do prefer the arena. I rode a hunter/jumper pony once on a trail ride. 10 minutes out she bucked me off. (First and only time I've ever come off a horse!). I did get back on and rode her for another 2 hours on the trails, but we fought the whole way. The BO sold her to a little girl who only jumps and that pony is much, much happier.
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Trail riding is a great outlet for a show/arena horse. It is like humans having a job and taking a "break" from the grind. If you never get a break, you get burned out. I think it is a great balance. As far as some horses not being able to ride trails, that is a training/exposure issue. It is an all together different "world" when on trail.
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post #5 of 153 Old 05-18-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Trail riding is a great outlet for a show/arena horse. It is like humans having a job and taking a "break" from the grind. If you never get a break, you get burned out. I think it is a great balance. As far as some horses not being able to ride trails, that is a training/exposure issue. It is an all together different "world" when on trail.

That is more what I was thinking, basically that creates a better all around horse. I guess I feel bad for the horses that don't get the opportunity to go exploring with their riders, and I feel bad for the riders that aren't comfortable out on the trails! I like to do ring work to reinforce behaviors and communication, but out on the trails with friends is where we BOTH love to be!
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post #6 of 153 Old 05-18-2013, 09:20 PM
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My daughter never trails rides, only takes lessons, practices in an arena & shows, when she was younger, I had FORCE her to trail ride with me.
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post #7 of 153 Old 05-18-2013, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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My daughter never trails rides, only takes lessons, practices in an arena & shows, when she was younger, I had FORCE her to trail ride with me.

Doesn't she get bored just riding in the arena?!
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post #8 of 153 Old 05-18-2013, 09:28 PM
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I get bored just riding here on the ranch! And it is 400 acres, lol. I would love to have an arena to work on things in (preferably covered), but would not want to be limited to it. I guess it is just different strokes for different folks. We cannot all be the same.

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post #9 of 153 Old 05-18-2013, 09:31 PM
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No, she thinks trail riding is boring and unimportant, to each their own I guess. I find trail riding challenging and if the truth be told, more difficult than showing. I do both, heavily.
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post #10 of 153 Old 05-18-2013, 09:33 PM
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This is what I find a challenge, looking for a way to manuver around obstacles
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