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post #1 of 14 Old 11-24-2012, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Want to start trail riding ..?

I have been on one trail ride in my entire life and i was only 5-6 so i dont even remember it . I know that my horse has been on trails before , but he spooks at some stuff (not really bolting , but he raises his head and stops for a minute and sometimes i fear he might bolt) . I currently ride english , so all i have is my jumping saddle to ride in , is that ok on the trail ?? Also , how far should i go ? And should i bring other people or would that be overwhelming ?
Thanks for any help ! all comments are welcome as i know almost nothing abot trail riding !!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-24-2012, 01:38 PM
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I would suggest finding an experienced trail rider with a good, steady horse to accompany you and your horse for now - to help you both make the transition as safely as possible.
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-24-2012, 03:13 PM
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Find someone experienced and go with them several times before even thinking of going alone.
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-24-2012, 04:57 PM
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I used to go trail riding in an english saddle - just "day rides" as opposed to weekend treks. Then I started using a western saddle which I preferred to the english. Now I've got an australian staddle which I think I'm going to prefer to the previous two. So to answer your question - an english saddle will do fine.

As mentioned by the previous posters, you should try and go out with a group to get you started. Both you and your horse should find that more relaxing and confidence building. Pick the right group though - you want a quiet laid back smaller size group (even one person will do) that will be considerate of your experience and fitness level.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-24-2012, 05:09 PM
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I think your horse would be more comfortable in a small group of about 4 horses. Start with the more popular trails that aren't to challenging and you'll be fine.

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Can you put saddlebags on an english saddle?

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Good suggestions of going out on a steady horse first with company. Is your horse used to trails? Would it be ok with everything they might encounter? Here I see people running, dogs off leash, people pushing baby strollers, bikes, dirtbikes, bridges, deer running through the bush, bears darting across the trails. I have been walking my 3 year old in trails now for a very long time nothing bothers him now so hoping he will be a good trail horse. Whatever you do do not go alone for the first while until you feel comfortable. English saddle will be fine, but if you could borrow a western from someone just for trails I would.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-24-2012, 05:20 PM
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I wouldn't go out by yourself for the first little while. I would ask someone with a steady horse to ride with you. I also found Larry Trocha's training horses that spook videos really helpful.

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post #8 of 14 Old 11-24-2012, 09:21 PM
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I agree with the others about going out with some other people to start with. It will only help you if they are willing to go on a slow, safe ride though. About the saddle. I currently use a western type trail saddle, but in the past, I rode hundreds of mile (probably thousands) in my Stubben Sigfried all purpose saddle. It was the same saddle that I used for jumping. It worked great for me. I started using the western saddle as I got old and lazy.

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post #9 of 14 Old 11-24-2012, 10:42 PM
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I've been trail riding for the past 7yrs. with my mare, she's now 10 but at 3 she spooked at alot of stuff! She never bolted on me but would spin to head back but always stopped for me right away. I spent alot of time with her in the round pen at first learning to relax and trust her and getting her to trust me.......the last few years I have helped others out with green horses by going out with my mare, I would lead and they would follow me (she's a great trail horse now!).....I definetly would find someone with a nice quiet horse to go out with, your horse will feed off the other horse on how they react to things so if you have a quiet horse with you then your horse will learn to stay calm......good luck and have fun!

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Originally Posted by BornToRun View Post
...I also found Larry Trocha's training horses that spook videos really helpful...
Good videos! Thanks for posting them. I've bookmarked them for future reference.

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