...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...
Well, if I was an experienced rider, or knew a lot of folks who wanted to go riding on our local trails, maybe that would be true. But I was 50 when I started riding horses, and I bought a horse who didn't know what a bit was or to lift her feet over a rock...a 7 year old horse who knew how to trot inside a corral. A couple of months later I took a tumble (Jan 2009) that I'm only now (starting in March) recovered enough from to be able to start jogging again. And my back still swells up several times each week from riding or jogging.
The trainer who started working with Mia in Nov 2011 was worried for a while that Mia would never be safe to ride outside an arena. Her fears were deep, real to her, and the trainer knew at some point I would be the one riding Mia to get past the demons. And I'm not God's Gift to Horses!
I've worked HARD
with Mia. Last fall, we were finally doing trips about a mile away solo...but then illness, going back to school and family issues resulted in her being ridden 3 times in 3 months - and getting herd-bound again.
By rights, I should have sold her and bought a calmer horse. But as Mia & I teach each other about riding and horses and life, I'm learning things a lot of riders never learn in 20 years. For me, it is worth it.
But I fully understand why others would sell a horse like Mia, and why others would wonder why I bother trying to trail ride with a horse like her. I think I can even understand why some people just don't WANT to trail ride. Heck, I just got back from jogging on the trails Mia & I use. I can see the same outdoors without bothering to saddle her up & ride.
It isn't being a snob. It isn't being afraid superhorse will get a cut. For a lot of folks, it is simply not what they ride horses for. It doesn't 'do' anything for them, just as WP doesn't 'do' anything for me.