Originally Posted by Painted Horse
Trail horses need to learn to pick up their feet. I don't like doctoring nicks and cuts in the lower limbs because of rock bites or tree snags. They just have to learn to keep their balance and pick up their feet.
How does one go about teaching this, Painted Horse? I have a very sweet pony mare with correct *showy* gaits and arena manufactured straightness and balance. We both enjoy trails very much, however I often have problems with going on rides with her nicking, scratching and scraping her lower legs. Nothing serious, but a nuisance all the same. It would be wonderful if I could teach her a bit more sure footedness. I drop the reins and let her pick her own way through the difficult parts, but she knocks anyway.
If you have any advice or idea of how to help, your advise would be usually appreciative.