Preparing to go on trail

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Preparing to go on trail

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    07-17-2010, 09:41 AM
Preparing to go on trail

I've been considering taking my horse out to a local reserve where they have nice, easy trails set aside for riders.

He used to trail ride when I first got him but hasn't done it in about 4 years, so I was wondering what can I do in preparation for taking him back out on trail?

I know he's going to be a little spooky when he gets off the trailer in a new place (this all depends if he can actually fit in my friends trailer) so what can I do to calm him down before we set out? I wouldn't like to take him away from the trailer until he's mostly calm; has a tendency to buck when he gets excited, and I don't much fancy a face full of dirt.

My friend own a very experienced very bomb proof horse who happens to be buddies with Phoenix so she said she'll go so that should help. Anything anyone can recommend for a safe and hopefully stress free first trail ride?
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    07-17-2010, 09:06 PM
If he has been on trails before and you have an experienced horse to go with, I say just do it! The best way to train a trail horse is on the trail.
You can wave plastic bags at them all day in the barn, stick one in a tree, flap it around on a windy day and its a whole new horse eating monster on a trail. Build confidence in yourself and in your horse by experiencing as much as you can together in real life situations.
    07-17-2010, 09:15 PM
Green Broke
Yes, I would just do it! Don't be nervous, or he will act exactl how he thinks you want him to (when he feels your nervous) just be confident, and if he's with an experienced horse it should be great! I love trail rides theyre a great break from any arena work
    07-17-2010, 09:19 PM
Green Broke
I agree with everyone else. Just do it. He's with a nice calm trail horse and will feed into that horse's energy. Relax and enjoy yourself! If you behave like it's just another day in the park (no pun intended), he will take that lead.
    07-17-2010, 10:33 PM
Thanks for the advice guys. I've been putting off doing this (my stupid nerves getting in the way) so next time I see my friend i'll arrange our ride! So excited :)

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