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post #21 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 12:32 AM
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I got bored of riding the 300 acres around the barn, and then trailered off for the first time! I had always been apprehensive of how my horse would do and finally decided to just suck it up and do it. I sure wish I had your problem of getting bored of my 400 acres ;) let me know if you need someone to ride with!
You are welcome any time!!! I need to get out with a quad and clear some trails out here. Either the trees are too dense or it is pasture land and you kinda get bored of that. Or even the vineyard in my avatar gets hum drum. I got all excited when I realized the path to the burn pile had been cleared out and had a nice 2 hr ride that day.
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post #22 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 12:41 AM
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Who wouldn't want to be enjoying this?
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post #23 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 12:53 AM
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I think you're all missing an important point, which is that there are no blue ribbons out on the trails. No competitions, no ego gratification, no (or not much) "I can afford a $100K horse, you peons", etc.

Though I do worry about my "free to good home" (and don't even ask about the vet bills) horse getting hurt, but that's because I like the critter, not because she's a valuable possession.
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New to the forum but I figured I would post as I personally struggle with trails...
Personally I am a nervous wreck on trails. PERIOD.
Summary: Bad fall on a trail led to a boatload of confidence issues that are still in the back of my mind
Long version: I was riding with a newish instructor in a very extensive mountain range in Arizona (the Superstitions) I had a HARD fall and ruptured my spleen, was told I was lucky to be alive (had to ride out of the mountains as instructor thought I was exaggerating the pain, I left after I got back to the barn havent heard of him since) grazed by major surgery, couldn't ride in a car for a month in case of an accident couldn't do ANY physical activity for months and months after started with 1 1/2 hr private lessons on a lunge line with a god send of a horse for half a year until I got back up to the point of barrels, reining etc during which I had 3 more falls and experience major whiplash, broken foot, and a bruised kidney
presently, 5 years later I have changed instructors multiple times and moved many miles from that but still can't walk a horse off property for more than 2 min without wanting to puke.
WILL I WORK BACK UP TO TRAILS EVENTUALLY?? ABSOLUTELY BUT FOR NOW I AM A HERMIT AND STAY IN THE ARENA
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post #25 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 01:09 AM
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New to the forum but I figured I would post as I personally struggle with trails...
Personally I am a nervous wreck on trails. PERIOD.
Summary: Bad fall on a trail led to a boatload of confidence issues that are still in the back of my mind
Long version: I was riding with a newish instructor in a very extensive mountain range in Arizona (the Superstitions) I had a HARD fall and ruptured my spleen, was told I was lucky to be alive (had to ride out of the mountains as instructor thought I was exaggerating the pain, I left after I got back to the barn havent heard of him since) grazed by major surgery, couldn't ride in a car for a month in case of an accident couldn't do ANY physical activity for months and months after started with 1 1/2 hr private lessons on a lunge line with a god send of a horse for half a year until I got back up to the point of barrels, reining etc during which I had 3 more falls and experience major whiplash, broken foot, and a bruised kidney
presently, 5 years later I have changed instructors multiple times and moved many miles from that but still can't walk a horse off property for more than 2 min without wanting to puke.
WILL I WORK BACK UP TO TRAILS EVENTUALLY?? ABSOLUTELY BUT FOR NOW I AM A HERMIT AND STAY IN THE ARENA
That is totally understandable. I had a fall last fall that put some fear into me and I didn't even break anything. But I had bad back pain for 2 weeks and couldn't ride before I finally went to the doctor and got help and by then the fear crept in. It's taken me a long time to get my confidence back. So I sympathize.
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post #26 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 01:24 AM
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I think you're all missing an important point, which is that there are no blue ribbons out on the trails. No competitions, no ego gratification, no (or not much) "I can afford a $100K horse, you peons", etc.

Though I do worry about my "free to good home" (and don't even ask about the vet bills) horse getting hurt, but that's because I like the critter, not because she's a valuable possession.
Yes! To me it's all about my relationship with the horse and enjoying nature. To be out in nature and seeing wildlife and enjoying the beauty of the natural world all with your best friend- your horse (and maybe some people friends too ) that's what it's all about.

I don't care if my horse has papers or is a purebred anything, I just want a wonderful horse that I enjoy and that will treat me right. The last trail horse I bought was a $500 Foxtrotter that was mainly used as a broodmare. Another one I have is a BLM Mustang. My up-and-coming trail horse is the Foxtrotter's baby. He was an unexpected surprise as I didn't know "mommy" was pregnant when I bought her. His sire is a QH so baby is a mutt and probably worth nothing to anyone but me. But it's my dream to make him my next trail horse because I want to keep him forever and just enjoy life with him.

So yeah, if i want ribbons and to play horse show I will dig out my Breyers. All the gratification of showing with less stress.
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post #27 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 01:36 AM
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Who wouldn't want to be enjoying this?
"This" is not an option for a great many riders.

I see no reason to put down other riders. Neither Dressage nor Western Pleasure is my cup of tea, but why would I want to look down on those who love those sports?

Where I live, trails are ATV trails with a ton of cactus on either side. Anything faster than a trot tends to chip the horse's hooves. Summer temps don't normally go much over 100, but the intensity of the sunlight can turn you into beef jerky after 3 hours. And that is WITH a long sleeve shirt:



I'm not saying it isn't a fun thing to do, but most of my riding time occurs when there is no one else at home. Add in near constant 30 mph winds every **** day this spring, and getting Mia to go calmly by herself out into the desert has been a challenge.

I suppose I could sell her and buy a calmer horse, but I kind of get the feeling Mia & I are stuck with each other. The other horses don't like me, and the other people don't like Mia. But we like each other. I'm not in any way putting down trail riding. My goal is to turn Mia into a good trail horse. We're making progress. But I admit I don't like to see folks look down on non-trail riders, either!

What Mia & I really need to find to keep us happy is a 1 mile race track we can gallop around. But those are hard to find as horse owners willing to be happy for other horse owners...

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post #28 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 04:19 AM
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I have to switch on and off...

For a while before I got into the show business all I did was trail ride. I LOVED to do simple arena work and work on other things than trail and all that stuff. Now that I show its nice to get off the rail and go on a ride out somewhere.

Its good to have a balance for you and the horse, I think personally.

But I know many, many show horses, like the one's my trainer has, have never been on a trail ride. They're show horses, thats it.

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post #29 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 04:22 AM
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We live in the middle of a couple hundred acres of fields and woods, and there are no cleared trails, so most of my riding is 'off trail' through the woods. I ride for enjoyment and look at each ride as an adventure. I never start off with a plan other than mounting up, looking around, and saying... "let's see what is over that way today". Some days we make it to where I was looking, some days we come to obstacles we have to go around, and some times we get to a point where we can't go further due to thickets, etc. It's all part of the adventure together, and for me, that's the fun.
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post #30 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 04:24 AM
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It's not for everyone or every horse, I think that's the main point I have. I don't have an arena but I have access to trails if I want them. Also quiet roads where I could ride on. When I was younger I used to go out on the roads every weekend with friends with my mare who loved the roads more than working in the paddock. I enjoyed them too but I did it more for her, just like how I jump our mares now and then because they both like to and find that enjoyable also.

For me personally, I like working in the paddock I ride in usually. I backed and started one of our mares, so her faults are my weaknesses, that I know. After shattering my leg in 2009, and being out of the saddle until early 2011, being able to ride is more than anything I thought I'd be doing. It's taken all my time to get to the point where I can leave the boundaries of my paddocks and hack across the farm. It has ditches and very small hilly rises to differentiate our "arena" work to hacks. I'm beginning to like this. It's a different scenery for us both, and if anything, it's more work for me to be out of the paddock, than in it.

I'm using it to help my unsocial mare get accustomed to the different experiences also. Since our accident involved another horse, she's struggled in the company of others. So trail riding would be out for me... a different scenery and alone would not work for either of us. Sure I could put in the effort, as could she, but I'd rather spent my time right now in comfortable places like the farm and the paddock whilst pushing the boundaries of her socialising. Maybe down the track we'll go to the beach, that's something I want to do more than trails. Our other mare likes hacking out and so I do it with her more often. She might like trails... I might take her out there sometime. She's my friend's mount more though, and as a beginner, she likes to just plod too

But I admit, I have more interest in working on my goals with my mare. The difference is, I don't want to say those goals are bound to my paddock. I can still work Honey out on the farm, do circles, serpentines, body awareness work, pole work etc out there. Just like I'm sure trail riders work on improving the walk, trot and canter of their equine friend whilst out in their "office" if you get me. Some people feel comfortable doing everything, and some people stick to what they and their horse enjoys. I think that should be the main factor. If the horse and yourself enjoy trails, that's awesome! Just like how some horses might hate going around in circles, I'm sure there's many out there that don't like trails too.

So without being rude (cos I respect everyone plays their part in the variety sports of being an Equestrian), to assume it's unthinkable that some people don't trail... just remember there's the same thought that can be said back! :)
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