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post #61 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 07:08 PM
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To each his own. Many riders enjoy arena work; others prefer trails. Personally, I love when I have access to a nice arena with good footing to school in, but that's just not always possible, so I do most of my conditioning and training out on trail and in fields. I have access to a fair amount of land from my barn, and the metroparks are very close by and offer miles of trails. I'm fortunate in that none of my horses ever had major issues with trail riding; Excel was probably the worst and would awkwardly jig along sideways when I first brought him home from the track, but after a few months he settled down nicely and is now the bravest cross country horse I've ridden.

Then again, I'm the type of rider that gets bored just walking on trails, but I completely respect riders that enjoy that. There's nothing wrong with trail riding, and there's nothing wrong with not trail riding, just whatever best suits the horse, rider and environment.
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post #62 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
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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post #63 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 07:48 PM
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I could never give up the trail!
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post #64 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 07:48 PM
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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..."
Good for you! Just keep at it! I've had to overcome MANY hurdles myself.

Some horses just may not be confident enough for it! Combined with a rider who is not confident to get through it is hard then too. Some people just stay where they and their horse are confident....and if they are happy with that, then so be it. I use the arena when learning something new or if I'm not sure how the horse will teaching my horse to canter, with the combination of my being unsure. Sometimes I don't have time to go on the trails and just do a leisure ride around the ranch. I think do whatever makes you relaxed and happy.

I guess it's kind of like if your horse is a parade horse. I did my first parade yesterday with my pinto who just turned 4 and was just started last summer. She is a quiet horse and I have learned to trust her building my confidence. So, I figured this would be a nice thing to try. She was awesome....but, that is her! She is the type of horse that is drawn to interesting things without any anxiety. My percheron is quiet, but she can hold a lot of anxiety in. I don't think it would make her happy at a parade. I could make her do it, but why?

So, like I said, there are a lot of factors that go into deciding this I think.
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post #65 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton View Post
I could never give up the trail!
I'm with you now! took a lot of confidence building to get there. And, if I had to ride a nutty horse that wasn't happy on the trail with me, it probably would have never happend.
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post #66 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 08:06 PM
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I am of the school of thought that Arena Horses should be trained for trail as well.. it helps build their endurance, balance and coordination. They become much more well rounded and content. We train our Peruvians for both show ring AND trail... I can't imagine what life would be like for a horse to live in a stall and only get rode in the arena...... Is it any wonder so many Arena Horses have belly issues and nerve issues.... Just my humble opinion....
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post #67 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Deej View Post
I can't imagine what life would be like for a horse to live in a stall and only get rode in the arena...... Is it any wonder so many Arena Horses have belly issues and nerve issues.... Just my humble opinion....
Those Arena Horses (at least most of them) do get daily turn out to pastures, and all of the horses that I work with live outside 24/7 during the summer. I really don't think the ailments you mention occur as often as you think.
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post #68 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 09:07 PM
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My horse and I really hate trail riding, it's not a training problem or anything, we just hate it. *shrug* She would rather be doing flat work then going on trails, it just how she is. She enjoys arena work, why fix it if it ain't broke? I could care less to go trail riding, so I don't see a reason to try and make her an all around horse when she's perfectly happy doing flat work and jumping.

Every horse has likes and dislikes, just like people. :)
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post #69 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 09:14 PM
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As long as you are riding your horse and enjoying it, ride where ever you want....EXCEPT on my front lawn, it was just landscaped last year, lol.
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post #70 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl View Post
I swear by chiropractors....have you seen one?
I was sent for physical therapy at the time, but the therapy didn't do any good. I didn't try a chiropractor. Maybe I should have, but I never even thought to ask. I've met others who swear by them.

Happily, these last couple of months jogging and riding have turned a corner. My back is improving every week. Riding Mia today, in our little arena, my back felt the best it has in over 4 years. It is a 'night & day' difference from just two months ago!

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