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post #41 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 01:17 PM
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...I will say though....often horses, like mine, are frowned on like they are not worth much because they are 'only trail horses'. I think they are, in fact, worth millions because they ARE trail horses. It takes a confident horse/rider combo to complete this task...
I strongly agree! I've worked so hard trying to turn Mia into "just a trail horse"! We aren't even close, really. And maybe, as much as I hate to admit it, a lot of the problem is ME, not Mia. At the rate we're going, it might be several more years before I can take her out by herself on a windy day without tension.

If I ever do teach Mia to be "just a trail horse", my next goal will be to turn her into a pee-poor barrel racing horse. By that time, we'll both be using walkers to get around... I can hear it now:

"With a time of 4 minutes, 17 seconds! Mia ridden by bsms..."

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post #42 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 01:27 PM
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I love to trail ride. I take my horses out for hours at a time and walk and trot trails, breeze on a straight away. I take a bunch of friends out and have fun. It's good for the horses to, a calm environment where the horses don't have to work, just unwind. They walk and walk, it's good for burning a few calories off that horse haha. My favorite thing next to running barrels is taking a horse out on a five or six hour trail ride (:
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post #43 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 02:10 PM
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"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?
I think you are taking me all wrong......I meant the "who would not enjoy this" comment as a reason to share some photos of what I love about trail riding. As I thought some of us were doing and frequently do on a bunch of posts.

I don't mean to put anyone down. I was in fact sharing the same thoughts as the OP, I can't believe there are others who don't feel like taking their horse outside the arena......EVER. If they can't because they live in Japan, or their horse isn't safe, or they don't have a place to ride, by all means, ride in an arena. That is much better than not riding at all. I would be riding in an arena under those circumstances as well. But to have access to trails (or woodland or whatever) and have a decent horse and just choose to never leave the arena anyway? That is what I don't understand.

That doesn't mean I am superior.....or anyone else is superior. I think things are taken wrong on the internet sometimes and everyone assumes the worst of everyone else's intentions. But it was not meant with bad intentions.

Actually, bsms, I thought you WERE a trail rider. So it's kind interesting you took offense to my posts.

Maybe I said some things that made me a little proud to be a trail rider. But this is posted in the trail riding section. If I can't be a little proud of my trail horses in the trail riding section of the forum, where can I be proud of them?

Nobody said anyone else was superior. If anything I am guilty of feeling that me and my horses are "just" trail horses. But just because someone shows or prefers to ride in an arena, that doesn't make them superior either!

Yeah, I am just sort of flabbergasted that some people NEVER leave the arena BY CHOICE.
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post #44 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 02:21 PM
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I have met and talked to many arena riders in my years of road riding. For some, their goals are all in the ring. For the others, the overwhelming reason is a fear of a runaway. That arena fence is extremely comforting to very many folks.
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post #45 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 02:30 PM
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I admit I don't understand where the "won't" trail ride sort of rider is coming from. Sure, if their present circumstances mean they can't trail ride, that's perfectly understandable. But to have plenty of opportunities, and never take them?

I do see a lot of the snobbish attitude from show riders. I live just down the road from a stable that caters to such: not to go into details, but the owners (and a good many of the clients) act as though their neighbors are the peons in the village outside the castle gates.
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post #46 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 03:03 PM
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...Actually, bsms, I thought you WERE a trail rider. So it's kind interesting you took offense to my posts.

Maybe I said some things that made me a little proud to be a trail rider. But this is posted in the trail riding section. If I can't be a little proud of my trail horses in the trail riding section of the forum, where can I be proud of them?...
Mia and I are trying to become trail riders. I enjoy getting off the property and it has been frustrating to have problems scheduling it. From my perspective, a good trail horse is every bit as impressive as a good race horse or a good WP horse or a good jumping horse. If I ever get Mia to a point where we can go out on a windy day and ride without anyone else for 3-4 hours, I'll be VERY proud of her.

I realize there are show types and competitive riders who look down on trail horses and trail riders. I resent that attitude as well. But some owners enjoy dressage, or jumping, or WP. Who am I to complain?

I mostly ride, if honest, because I like being with Mia. Sounds weird I guess, but I like her company. Where I ride her and what we do riding is less important to me than just getting out somewhere and doing something with her.
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When I start my young horses, We do a couple of rides in the round pen. But once the horse has learned to give and has a stop. We head for a trail. It is a great way to teach a horse. And any horse can learn.

If you enjoy the arena, Good for you. but don't say your horse can't do trails. It's purely a matter of getting them out and teaching them about what's out in the big world.

If you have a $100,000 show horse. I understand you not wanted to get his legs cut with rock bites or his mane/tail pulled when it gets snagged on a passing tree. But that doesn't mean he can't learn and enjoy a trail.



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I think you are taking me all wrong......I meant the "who would not enjoy this" comment as a reason to share some photos of what I love about trail riding. As I thought some of us were doing and frequently do on a bunch of posts.

I don't mean to put anyone down. I was in fact sharing the same thoughts as the OP, I can't believe there are others who don't feel like taking their horse outside the arena......EVER. If they can't because they live in Japan, or their horse isn't safe, or they don't have a place to ride, by all means, ride in an arena. That is much better than not riding at all. I would be riding in an arena under those circumstances as well. But to have access to trails (or woodland or whatever) and have a decent horse and just choose to never leave the arena anyway? That is what I don't understand.

EXACTLY what i was trying to say!

That doesn't mean I am superior.....or anyone else is superior. I think things are taken wrong on the internet sometimes and everyone assumes the worst of everyone else's intentions. But it was not meant with bad intentions.

Actually, bsms, I thought you WERE a trail rider. So it's kind interesting you took offense to my posts.

Maybe I said some things that made me a little proud to be a trail rider. But this is posted in the trail riding section. If I can't be a little proud of my trail horses in the trail riding section of the forum, where can I be proud of them?

Nobody said anyone else was superior. If anything I am guilty of feeling that me and my horses are "just" trail horses. But just because someone shows or prefers to ride in an arena, that doesn't make them superior either!

Yeah, I am just sort of flabbergasted that some people NEVER leave the arena BY CHOICE.

me too, and THAT was the heart of my original post!
Can't agree more!
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When I start my young horses, We do a couple of rides in the round pen. But once the horse has learned to give and has a stop. We head for a trail. It is a great way to teach a horse. And any horse can learn.

If you enjoy the arena, Good for you. but don't say your horse can't do trails. It's purely a matter of getting them out and teaching them about what's out in the big world.

If you have a $100,000 show horse. I understand you not wanted to get his legs cut with rock bites or his mane/tail pulled when it gets snagged on a passing tree. But that doesn't mean he can't learn and enjoy a trail.




I'm coming to ride with you! Beautiful!
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When I start my young horses, We do a couple of rides in the round pen. But once the horse has learned to give and has a stop. We head for a trail. It is a great way to teach a horse. And any horse can learn.

If you enjoy the arena, Good for you. but don't say your horse can't do trails. It's purely a matter of getting them out and teaching them about what's out in the big world.

If you have a $100,000 show horse. I understand you not wanted to get his legs cut with rock bites or his mane/tail pulled when it gets snagged on a passing tree. But that doesn't mean he can't learn and enjoy a trail.



Can I please please please bring my little gelding on a trail ride over there!?! So pretty and would be perfect for a trail ride!
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