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        11-04-2012, 09:45 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
    I can definitely feel the difference between riding near their corral and riding away from the trailer.
    Yep, me too. My mare isn't the same horse when ridden at the barn.....

    Our short ride yesterday was in and out, not a loop.

    Nice loose reins....neck reined on the way in. Two hands and short tight reins on the way out. Had to hold her back just a bit.

    Not that I mind, but my wife's quarter horse has to trot to keep up so I want her to dog walk.

    This time we didn't stop at the trailer but went down the road and up the next trail for a couple of miles. Made her gait in a flat walk and put her into a running walk from time to time the whole way and sweated her up pretty good. Most of the time when we get back to the trailer my mare knows the ride is over......this time it wasn't.

    I'm going to work on trying to convince her the ride isn't over just because she sees the trailer so there isn't any burning desire to get back to it. I'm thinking when see sees the trailer it means more work, not less.

    I'm open to suggestions....
         
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        11-04-2012, 09:57 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Gunslinger,

    That's the same approach I am trying now, except for I ride past my house instead of the trailer! I feel very fortunate to have trails and/or wide shouldered dirt roads on either side.
         
        11-04-2012, 10:30 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    Every fall I pack a camp up into the mountains for Deer and Elk hunting, It's a 7 mile ride in. The spot we camp is just a primative spot.. Just flat ground with some trees that I can highline off.

    My horses head straight to the spot where I hang the highline. I don't have to steer them or ask them to stop walking. In fact on several occassions, I've tested my horses by trying to just wander past the camp site.

    The horses know that this is home away from home and always stop dead under where the highline goes. They know exactly where they are


    Years ago, I rode a friends mare into the Wind Rivers Wilderness with some other friends. We had to turn off on a trail that was just a whisper of a trail. This mare traveled that trail, down once and returned on it. A year later I took her again and was searching for that turn off. It was in a big open meadow and the grass had over grown the trail. Almost invisible. That mare just automatically turned and headed out thru the grassy meadow. She knew where we were headed and she had only been there once before and it had been a year since that previous visit.

    They have an amazing memory for trails.
         
        11-04-2012, 01:06 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Yeah, I've learned not to argue to much with my horse when returning to an area I've ridden in but don't know well. To often he has a better idea of where we are going than I do.
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        11-04-2012, 02:14 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    Sounds like some horses are better than a homing pigeon! I had one mare that walked slower as she approached home-but pass the house & she picked up speed again-she didn't like going home! She was one of a kind for me. Another gal I rode with-we would go back to the trailer, have lunch, then head out again for second ride, the horses were always good. Usually afterwards, we would untack, sponge them off, & load up after watering, a bit of feed & a short rest while we packed things up. Those were some wonderful times.
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        11-04-2012, 02:22 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Darrin, It has gotten me safely off a few mountains in the dark and in blizzard conditions where I had no idea where I was.
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        11-04-2012, 02:28 PM
      #27
    Trained
    I absolutely had a horse get me out of big trouble once. I was many miles into a maze of dirt roads and I got totally lost. I was riding alone. Nobody knew where I was (including me after a point). I cried. I prayed. Then I just patted the horse on the neck and said "go to the barn" which is what I always said when I wanted to get her in to feed her. She turned this way and that, and after about 45 minutes, I started recognizing things. I am sure that I would have been in the woods alone all night waiting and hoping for a search party if I had relied on my own brains.
         
        11-04-2012, 06:09 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Well, I went on down to BLM again today, but I ponied Oreo, Cruiser's buddy. I think I can say he is buddy sour, not so much barn sour. He was happy as a clam for todays ride. And Oreo got some much needed exercise.

    I know I can't always bring his friend along, so we will just have to work through his anxiety to leave Oreo. It doesn't help that if she can't see him, she calls and calls like she is about to die. Kind of funny, really.
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        11-04-2012, 10:44 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Quit making me jealous Karlie, trails are mud over here in the valley after all that darn rain. I see dust in your picture!
         

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