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        02-12-2014, 02:59 AM
      #11
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Oreos - hahahahahahaa Biscuit is hilarious. He rarely spooks at anything and it is just usually a hard shudder run through his body or he stops dead in tracks. There is an almost 2 mile loop through the woods and he will pass the same log EVERY.DANG.WEEKEND and the third time past a little fallen limb he will act like it is really suspect!!! Good gracious - pigs have literally exploded out from under this horses hooves and he barely jumped! Log on the ground I have seen 3 times today? Yep...alligator trying to get my little blonde legs!!!
         
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        02-12-2014, 09:41 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I get it-one of my really good trail mares sometimes spooked at logs, but if I sent her toward them to jump them-it was a totally different story! The avatar mare-a Paso Fino that loved to jump.
         
        02-12-2014, 11:02 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Logs, nope. Deer stands up between his legs, nope. Elk, not only nope he wants to chase them. Birds, nope. You know that bright spot on the ground caused by the sun shining between branches? Apparently those bright spots have an appetite for horse flesh.
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        02-12-2014, 11:28 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Welcome to trail riding OP Luke! You've gotten some good advice here. Remember to just look at everything as an opportunity for a better bond and better communication between you and your horse. Don't ever get in the habit of avoiding an unpleasant thing on the trail -- instead seize the opportunity to learn from it. That is the way to build confidence for you and your horse partner. You are doing great for 2 rides.
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        02-12-2014, 11:52 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    As above I would like to also say that you've got plenty of great knowledge already here in this thread.

    Specifically related to pacing your horse, If he's following too close you are the one responsible for fixing that – ask (and then tell) for more space, and if he refuses make him stop repeatedly if necessary until he gets the message.

    The two horses that we lease are specifically for hacking out, since there is no arena or anything at the owners house, so I can relate as every ride on them is a trail ride basically. My gelding is slow and pokey and perfectly fine with being in second place UNTIL the pace comes up at which point his TB comes out and he darts past my daughters pony if I let him and the trail is safe to do so. Cantering quickly turns to a full out gallop if he's not ahead of her in a short distance, again, assuming its safe and I *let* him.

    Her pony on the other hand is always in a go-go-go mood and loves hacks, so she frequently has to hold her back. If she was behind she'd be a butt-rider. After a canter it takes her 5 minutes to unwind her back to a sane walk/trot again so she usually stays out front in the end.

    In the end it's all about telling your horses what YOU want, not what they want. Be in control.
         
        02-12-2014, 12:08 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    You mentioned being a beginner, but is the horse you're riding yours? Or just a lesson/lease horse? If it's yours, you can always go out on your own, and set the pace yourself. (:
         
        02-12-2014, 12:45 PM
      #17
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by luke4275    
    I;ve been riding just 9 months and went on my 2nd trail ride today. We were 3.. the instructor, me and one other rider. So, teacher is first then, the other guy bec his horse wanted to be in front then me.. I don't like being in the back. I don't like worrying about getting kicked from the middle horse if we get too close, ( horses like to be close) and I don't like it when the middle rider is going too slow as a big gap is evident between him and the first rider. I'd prefer a trail where 3 of us are all riding side by side, equal pace.. etc.. Does this exist? Am I a bad trail rider for being annoyed by all this? ( It does cost a lot of money to go out on a trailride ) this trail had some people and dogs too.. Horses are ok but certainly froze when they saw an object.. that ok for trailride?
    I'm guessing the 3rd rider is also a student, probably more of a beginner than you which is why he's in the middle, and doesn't know that good trail etiquette would ask him to keep his horse up with the trainer's. Maybe ask your trainer to go over Trail Etiquette with both of you.

    It's up to you to keep your horse's nose out of the next horse's bum. You can do several different things to stop that, from stopping repeatedly to circling repeatedly. One thing I like to do with my horses is what I call the "conveyor belt". Each horse gets a turn out in front, in the middle and in the back, "riding drag'. Everyone lines up, moves out at a nice pace and the first horse leads for 20-30 feet and then peels off to the back of the line and the 2nd horse moves up for 20-30 feet and then peels off and moves back. Repeat as often and as long as necessary. It's a good way to build confidence in a horse who doesn't like to lead or be last, gives those in the middle time to learn to hold their pace and stay out of the horse in front of them and helps maintain a good pace for the ride. Maybe your trainer would be open to something like that?

    The person in the front is responsible for calling out hazards (low branch) and/or avoiding them so is usually the most experienced person on the ride. Any beginners or less experienced riders are put in the middle of the group for safety. The person in the back, riding drag, is also responsible for calling out any problems from behind (rider off or broken tack, etc). I like to ride drag the best, I can pretty much set my own pace and do my own thing while watching out for the middle folks, and I don't have to listen to incessant chatter. Some folks on a ride love to yak and I prefer to stay quiet.

    Trail Riding Etiquette: 20 Courtesy Tips for Equestrians - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

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        02-13-2014, 01:17 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I bought an Egyptian Arab in Nevada years ago and he came from a working cattle ranch. He was actually the ranch owners wife's horse and she felt that he was too hot to handle. She had to lunge him for awhile before she could get on him. Well, he was not hard to handle but he had one little quirk and that was that he could not stand another horse behind him. So my wife just kept him in the back and he was fine. Then one day someone nearby had a rope and was practicing with it. Well, little Azoc was not happy about that at all. With a little more investigating and testing we determined that those Nevada cowboys had been practicing heeling on him as they rode along and he couldn't deal with it. He is better now but don't get a rope out around him.
         
        02-14-2014, 09:05 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I ride with my husband and sometimes friends will come along. I don't like big groups. 4 is my max. Just for my comfort.
    My husband has a bad habit of letting his horse ride up my gelding's butt and I don't want to get in an argument out there about it so I just look back and give him "the look". Today tho he let her bump into the back of him and he stopped and gave a warning. I said, "he's going to kick her!!" I like being behind if people don't keep their horses back at a good distance.
    It's hard when riding with other people especially if you're on a single track trail. You always have some go at different speeds. Even mine, if he's behind a slow poke, he will get antsy and will try to push them along and I'm kind of fighting with him to back off. If it gets too much, I'll say.... "when it's safe, I'm going to get in front for a while."
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        02-18-2014, 04:42 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    The many reasons I prefer to ride alone
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