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post #1 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Trail Challenge

I am planning on taking my horses to a trail ride challenge next week, and I was wondering what kind of obstacles we will be judged on? This is my first time doing this, and I don't know what to expect. I did watch a u-tube video on it, and there were obstacles like backing up between rails, and walking through things hanging from the trees. What is the best way to prepare my horse for this, and is it ok to ride English? This is how i normally ride on trails at home.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 08:36 PM
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I have been to several and the are so fun! Provided you go to have a good time and don'e expect perfection. Typically there are 8-10 obstacles, sometimes "judged" sometimes you just get score if you do it, not based on how you do it, etc. Anyway, the obstacles vary greatly. It would be really helpful if you are riding with horses who are pretty "bombproof" and willing as they will help to keep your horse going. Anyway. there is typically a "carwash" type obstacle-which can be many things, but I have seen noodles from the sides on posts to walk between and carpet or tarps cut into strips mounted above-you ride through. If your horse is resistant, try and get close enough to seperate it a bit for them and they will many times then go through.
There is typically a bridge type obstacle, something to walk in and back out, picking things up and moving them, dragging things-can be logs, bags of tin cans-hitting garbage can lids tied between trees, water obstacles of all sorts-last one we had a ditch dug by a backhoe (So it was narrow) filled with water to walk through, plus a pond to go through, balloons, mailbox to take mail out and "deliver".....

WE used to host them at our farm and had everything from goats to minis to girlscouts having birthday parties as you crossed a creek, to dirt bikes....strollers......

TO prepare for the last one, since it had been a while-I went to the dollar store and got balloons, noodles, flags, I had a tarp, we used cones to move from one post to another, used a rope as a practice gate.......and suirt guns we had to fill from a bucket on a barrel and shoot balloons........

Many many things you can do. Be creative, and above all make it a fun experience for you and your horse.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 11:22 AM
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What franknbeans said......
Have a good time! It will be a good learning experience for you and your horse. I suspect you will come away with a knowledge of what you need to work on. : )
I look forward to doing some of these down the road a bit.
Let us know how it goes!!!!
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. I am really excited. We took the boys on a 4 hr ride today, made them walk through noodles, over a bridge, pulled a milk jug filled with rocks, lol, and they did everything i asked. I'm sure it will be a different story when they ar in some strange new place!
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 08:41 PM
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Actually-mine have always been better in a new place. When we used to do them at the place they are boarded-they noticed every new thing and reacted to it.

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