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post #51 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 05:05 PM
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...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.

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post #52 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 05:24 PM
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The only trail rides I've gone on are 1) when traveling, need a horse fix, it's a good way to get a feel for what it's like to own a horse in an area unfamiliar to me and to support part of the horse industry where many get their start, or 2) when people come to visit and think they have to ride to make their vacation in the West complete.

I've never gone for a trail ride on any horse I've owned or worked. I have to have some point to being out there. And even if I'm schooling a horse, I'm also checking water, grass, fences, cattle or sheep and doing something with any of those.

Neither competing nor pleasure riding interests me. There are many kinds of horse people and they're all just fine.
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post #53 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 05:46 PM
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I am with the OP- I enjoy trail riding and being out so much that I don't really *get* how someone wouldn't want to. I also don't *get* how some people don't like chocolate. Just that they don't. Same thing- no skin off my nose if they don't want to go out on the trail or eat the chocolate, but not really comprehensible to me. I'll respect their choices of course, and I know some of them are probably much better riders than I.

When someone doesn't have the skill, the opportunity, or a trail safe horse, I can understand why they might not want to go out and do something I find so enjoyable. The opposite/flip side is true too though- I'm sure there are those who can't comprehend my lack of interest in showing. Doesn't make anyone better or worse, just different.
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Today, I had to ride two horses, one needs schooling western as we have another show next weekend. He loses focus in the show ring doing western as he thinks when I relax & sit deep & enjoy the ride, he can goof off & look around. So the trail that runs along the highway, then veers off up some steep terrain was a perfect spot to keep his focus, keep his cadence, keep him steady, whoever thinks you need an arena to practise is just wrong.
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Bsms, does your back swell from old injury or just from riding?
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post #56 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 06:25 PM
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Waresbear, I need another fly bonnet and I just saw the brand that your horse is wearing, at my locally owned farm and home. That brand looks particularly hot, So I didn't get it. Do you like it, hows the fit? The ears looked small. Is it overly hot?
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post #57 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 06:29 PM
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No, the ears are actually decent sized, and yes the horse did sweat under it, but better than being bugged by the wicked insects in the woods. It was the only fly bonnet they had at the feedstore and I really needed something to protect the horse's ears.
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8 times out of ten I ride in the arena...the footings good and safe and I can fit my horse up without him tripping in a gopher home and breaking his or my neck. He's only six, not been out on trails much, but every now and again I take him out across the pastures where I board and he's just fine and I think a lot of it comes from having the whoa, go and slow put on him at home before heading out.....I'd take him on trails if I had them. It's no big deal to me either way....I'm going to be hauling him out lots this summer to different places, it's no big deal. Some times your best friend can be an arena where you can iron the kinks out without worrying about stumbling or the footing and then applying that training out on the trails.
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Bsms, does your back swell from old injury or just from riding?
I took a tumble off Mia after we first got her and landed back first on a rock. Not a big rock, and no bones broken, but it did some real soft tissue damage. I jogged daily for 40 years before that, and it took over 4 years before I could take up jogging again. Riding and jogging both aggravate it, but I kept on riding anyways.

I'm only now understanding how so many of my problems riding have been due to zero flexibility in my lower back. It is wonderful to finally start riding and be able to move my back with my horse instead of keeping it rigid!

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waresbear, I though you were riding a horse who was wearing a Batman costume...
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