My horse is a 9 year old quarter horse mare who has been trail ridden and started in reining. She seems to spook easily, and I don't know if it is because she's in a completely new place for the first time in her life, or if she's always been kind of spooky. Either way, what better way to get over scary things than to do a lot of trail riding.
My logic is, I want her in better shape than what she would need to be for the ride, so I'm taking it slow and steady. (I need to be in good shape too) I made up a schedule because I'm a type A weirdo that likes to know when everything happens.
Goal: 2-3 day trail ride at 25-40 miles a day
Here's my schedule:
--Short trails: 3-4 times a week to get used to the idea (1 hour a day)
--Moderate trails: 5 miles a day 3-5 times a week within 2 hours
--Intermediate trail rides: 5 miles a day 3-5 times a week within an hour
--Trail rides: 7 miles a day 3-5 times a week within an hour
--Trail rides: 10 miles a day 3-5 times a week within 2 hours
--Trail rides: 15 miles a day 3-5 times a week within 3 hours
--Trail rides: 20 miles a day 3-5 times a week within 4 hours
--Trail rides: 25 miles a day 3-5 times a week within 5 hours
--Trail rides: 25 miles a day 3 consecutive days within 5 hours
--Trail rides: 30 miles a day 3 consecutive days within 6 hours
--Trail rides: 35 miles a day 3 consecutive days within 7 hours
--Trail rides: 40 miles a day 3 consecutive days within 8 hours
--Continue 40 miles a day 3 times a week until competition
Also, list of basic trail things to keep me safe while riding alone
***tell someone where I'm going before I leave***
-cell phone (on me, not my horse)
-wasp spray (as a weapon)
-sunscreen (I'm the palest, freckliest person on Earth)
-map of conservation area
-sponge on a string
Please don't make too much fun of me for my detailed schedule, I'm a scheduler and it just makes me feel better to know how things are supposed to go, and it gives me something to stick to.
Any tips/tricks for competitive trails, both preparing for them and riding them?
Any important items I'm missing?