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post #11 of 17 Old 03-17-2013, 12:57 AM
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Check your local parks. Places that offer hiking trails sometimes have horseback riding trails. Check at your tack shops for info. Also check around for local riding groups that may host events.
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-21-2013, 03:23 PM
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All my friends go to national parks to do it so you might be able to check those too if there are any around you.
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-21-2013, 04:16 PM
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The first time you saddle up and head out with a group make sure they understand this is new for your horse. Traveling at the same speed is important. If the group (or part of the group) suddenly takes off it can have an unnerving affect on the horse/horses left behind. Sometimes riders forget to consider others' experience and comfort level...

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post #14 of 17 Old 03-23-2013, 11:58 PM
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I hope you got a Chane to trail ride how was it ??

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post #15 of 17 Old 03-24-2013, 11:34 AM
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When encountering what I consider to be difficult terrain, I try to do two things.

Back off the horses in front of me and let them fully negotiate the hazard before proceeding myself. If my horse is the lead horse, I stop, let her have several seconds to look at the obstacle and then proceed.

If, for example, we're traversing a ditch that's steep on each side, I stop, then go down into the ditch, stop for a few seconds and then climb out. Doing so lets me re-balance before starting back up the incline.

In the mountains, on a steep climb, leave plenty of room between your horse and the horse in front of you. Riding to close then neither I nor the horse can really evaluate the trail. Same way on the down hills. Don't get in a hurry and leave plenty of room between horses.

What happens in some cases, is the first rider goes up, and usually stops at the first flat spot.....this leaves me and my horse no where to land and forces a stop on uneven terrain. As you progress up or down the hill, don't just stop at the first even spot you come to if there are riders behind you. Try to leave enough room at the top for all riders to find a space to "land" there horse.
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post #16 of 17 Old 04-02-2013, 07:57 PM
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What happens in some cases, is the first rider goes up, and usually stops at the first flat spot.....this leaves me and my horse no where to land and forces a stop on uneven terrain. As you progress up or down the hill, don't just stop at the first even spot you come to if there are riders behind you. Try to leave enough room at the top for all riders to find a space to "land" there horse.
^^this!^^

It's a big pet peeve of mine when you are riding with a designated group, and people don't communicate or show consideration for other people in that group. They lead the rides but never give the people in the back of the ride time to water their horses before taking off again, or continue along the top of a hill so that no one gets "stuck" waiting on a steep ascent.

Sometimes it's as simple as asking "everyone ready?" before moving off again after a rest/lunch/potty break/horse-watering stop. Give the rest of the people a chance to say "hold on," if they're making a last-second adjustment to tack or putting away a map or a drink or whatever else they're doing.

It's one of the many reasons I really don't like riding with more than a few other people who have similar "riding styles" as I do. Sometimes I'll go out with a bigger group, but eventually I find that I just want to break away and go off on my own because I get tired of all the stop-and-start drama.
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-03-2013, 10:35 AM
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My horse and I are new to trails together. Apparently she rode trails at her previous home, but given how she loaded in the trailer, doubt she was away much. We had our first trail ride together last fall and though a very windy day, she did well. I was very proud of her. Ahead of time though, we did prep work. Made sure I had the one rein stop, she was relaxed during our rides at various speeds and listening, and we did lots of desensitizing. I used plastic bags, tarps, bright objects, etc to help tune her in and prepare her to avoid her spooking. She did great...she's naturally very anxious but if I let her trot it out and check things out, she relaxes. We went out with my trainer and her experienced and very well broke horse.

Unfortunately that was our last ride as the last 4 trail rides have fallen through, but we are doing a hunter pace this weekend so I'm very excited! Naturally I'm doing lots of desensitizing with her again to prepare her this week :) She did the creek well last time but we didn't hit any bridges, so we're going to work on that this week too!
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