Originally Posted by boots
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.
^^^ Hubby is the same, the ride must have a job involved! Either we are gathering, checking or doctoring.
As for me I have found when I am stuck in an arena I want out and when I am stuck out I wished I had an arena!
But either way I use them both to my advantage.
Also I found most horses don't really dislike being outside of an arena it is most likely a lack of confidence of being outside.
ETA: Had a nasty wreck and I found a chiro who also did deep tissue massage. Well worth the money spent.