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  • Does horse trail riding make you a better rider
  • Green horse trail riding

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    04-09-2012, 05:17 PM
  #11
Yearling
Yep, everyone has great points. I personally prefer riding trails on my own, especially on a green horse. This is simply because I can make my own decisions regarding pace and direction without having to consider anyone else. Also, I think to make a really great trail horse it needs to rely on you the rider as the leader rather than always looking to another horse for security.

In my opinion how do you make a great, confident trail horse? Miles and miles of just you and the horse.
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    04-10-2012, 03:01 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kiwigirl    
Yep, everyone has great points. I personally prefer riding trails on my own, especially on a green horse. This is simply because I can make my own decisions regarding pace and direction without having to consider anyone else. Also, I think to make a really great trail horse it needs to rely on you the rider as the leader rather than always looking to another horse for security.

In my opinion how do you make a great, confident trail horse? Miles and miles of just you and the horse.
I agree completely but when I was answering the question, I assumed from the questions that were asked that this was a relatively young person and/or new to riding. Maybe my assumptions were wrong. We all know what they say about assumptions! LOL

If a person isn't an experienced horseperson or a good rider, I wouldn't recommend going out alone on a horse that isn't used to the trails.
Too much can happen that the person might not be able to deal with.
There's always time to teach your horse to look to you as the leader after he has gotten somewhat comfortable with being on a trail. I'm just thinking that green rider + green trail horse = somebody's going to get hurt.
At least ONE of the factors in this equation should have some experience before they head out alone.
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    04-13-2012, 02:12 PM
  #13
Foal
My horse is an Appaloosa and all we do is trail ride. He is almost 8 and he is tough and rugged. My stepmom and I have always had Appaloosas for trail horses and I think they are awesome! Appaloosas have a reputation for being stubborn and I have seen that in my horse. If we are on the trail and he is scared or nervous and doesn't want to approach something, he will plant those feet and not move, but with patience, reassurance and repetition, he has come a long way! If we are with a group he is much better! Good luck with your appy and the more you trail ride, the less you AND your horse will panic!
     

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