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post #1 of 15 Old 06-14-2012, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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Totally unexperienced and need to manage a Trail

Hey Horsemen and Horsewomen!

I got that kind of a problem... ;) I need to manage a short Trail Ride this Summer with a friend of mine, who is way more experienced than me. I don't know mich about riding, I did some western riding for a week, 4 years ago, but that's it.
So I got like 4 weeks of time to prepare myself, what shall I do? And what do I have to know? I do not feel like I can take care of a horse that's like 3 times as big as me, but I think I am learning very fast compared to others. No arrogancy or offense intended, just what I am thinking right now.

Am I good to go with the real basics? Moving forward, setting speed and making the horse stop? Are there any more essentials that are absolutely necessary?

I am looking forward to get some answers, help and hint from you! =)


Sorry if my English is horrible, I am not a native speeker.
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-14-2012, 05:12 AM
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Well, good luck!
What kind of horse are you going to be riding? Hopefully a dead broke trail master, right? I'd get as many hours as possible in the saddle before heading out. You really need to know your horse on a trail. And you are going to be sore as all get out! How long is the ride, do you have properly fitting tack? Nothing is worse than riding several hours in an ill fitting saddle.

What kind of trails? How many people? Hopefully he's not the only experienced trail rider in the group. You'll be fine, start by reading ALL the trail riding threads on this forum! Especially Trail Riding Etiquette ( 1 2 3 ... Last Page)

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Let us know how it goes!
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-14-2012, 05:21 AM
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Some will depend on the horse you are riding. Of course you don't want to be on a green horse. Is the horse you will be riding used to trail riding?

Yes you need to know the basics, stop, turn, forward and back. But you should know what to do and how to handle yourself and the horse if it should spook.

Does this other person think that you are a better rider than you actually are? Since they are more experienced, ask a lot of questions on the ride or ask them for advice. It's nothing to be ashamed of for not knowing. Everyone was in those shoes when they started. The only way to learn is by asking but someone in person is much better than over the Internet.

One big tip for you is don't be nervous. The horse will sense it and get nervous too.
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-14-2012, 05:29 AM Thread Starter
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Since my friend is arranging all the stuff, I don't have a clue which horse I going to ride, but I fear the worst ;)
Well, I am trying to get some "hours in the saddle" but that's kinda expensive if you havnt got your own horse.

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And you are going to be sore as all get out!
I am okay with that ;)


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How long is the ride, do you have properly fitting tack?
The ride has a distance of about 35km, I think that's about 3-4 hours on the horseback? So far one day is planed, I hope there wont be another one... ^^
Since I don't have own equip, I can't say anything about it, but I will remember your advice, when we prepare to ride!

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What kind of trails?
Through the forest of southern germany, some smaller hills/mountains, but mostly clearly defined paths.

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How many people? Hopefully he's not the only experienced trail rider in the group.
...Well... but... that's what its going to look like... ;)

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Especially Trail Riding Etiquette ( 1 2 3 ... Last Page)
I alreay started with that.

Thanks for the advices, more are welcome!
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-14-2012, 05:43 AM
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I'm sure he'll get you on the right mount!
Love Germany. Like Us said, just be calm. They can sense your competence and nerves so remind yourself to stay calm, stay safe, and if in doubt ask.
3-4 hours isn't that bad. Do try and get a brush up on your skills, I know it's hard but you'll get double in return! Have a trainer teach you some emergency skills. But I'm sure with your awesome attitude you're going to be trail master at the end! I wish we had more people around here willing to jump on an unknown horse and head out in our forests for several hours!
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Don't even worry about it or over-think it. Just look where you're going and the horse will get you there. When you first mount up you'll be nervous, by the time 3-4 hours has passed you'll know what you need to know about riding. It's not as complicated as it's made out to be.
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-14-2012, 02:29 PM
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Besides the one rein stop and the emergency dismount are there any others us greenie riders should know?
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A 35 kilometer ride for a first time out? For the state side folks here that's nearly 22 miles. Using 3 miles per hour as an average trail speed that's 7 plus hours in the saddle. Maybe bicyclist shorts are in order?

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A 35 kilometer ride for a first time out? For the state side folks here that's nearly 22 miles. Using 3 miles per hour as an average trail speed that's 7 plus hours in the saddle. Maybe bicyclist shorts are in order?
Bicycle shorts and/or A&D ointment to prevent chafing. I use both.
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-14-2012, 02:42 PM
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Since my friend is arranging all the stuff, I don't have a clue which horse I going to ride, but I fear the worst ;)

Well, I am trying to get some "hours in the saddle" but that's kinda expensive if you havnt got your own horse.

HA, oh gee, that just made me laugh. XDDD



But regarding your post, I'm sure you'll be fine, but I would def. Suggest that you read several of the posts in the trail part of the forum.
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