Hi all! I got a new trail horse at the end of October and she is 15 years old and didn't know how to side pass (!), so everytime I ride her, I have been working on getting her to side pass both directions. The ultimate goal being that we side pass up to gates and work them with ease. So she is starting to get really good at it and I am very pleased.
It just go me to thinking, what other skills do you like to teach your horses for the trail?
I also like my horses to neck rein, back well, and of course stand while I mount, from both sides. So those are things I like to practice. Oh, and to ride alone. Any horse I own must be able to ride alone.
What skills do you like to teach and practice with your trail horses? What do you think it is important for them to know?