Originally Posted by bsms
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 react....like 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.