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        11-25-2012, 10:40 AM
    Green Broke
    The video was terrific. Thank God my horse is not spooky. He is a pretty calm fellow. Go out with someone first if possible. If not, you may consider taking the horse for a walk through the trails to get the acclimated to whatever they may encounter. Trail riding is a blast. It can be calm, it can throw some surprises in too! Take it slow and easy and find some riding buddies. I ride with my cousin, ladies from the barn, my hubby and a larger group at times. I now ride by myself...LOL after 3 years of having my horse I am making rides by myself!
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        11-25-2012, 11:27 AM
    QOS, I've owned Mia for 4 years, and have spent the last year working almost daily to teach her to be a trail horse. In the last month, we are finally making solo trips. At our current rate of progress, by next summer, after FIVE YEARS of owning her, I may have "just a trail horse"!
        11-25-2012, 11:54 AM
    It took almost 3yrs. Of me owning my mare too before I could take her out by herself without her having a heart attack! But it was well worth the time I put into her and gaining her trust.....I think age also is a factor in that too. We do have a 4yr. Old boarded here and since his owner broke him he takes him out by himself all the time and has done two endurance rides (25 miles) this summer! This 4yr. Old is almost like a older horse, he's been here since he was 6 months old and I did all the ground work with him and then the owner took over the under saddle.....the owner broke his back April 2011 while training a warm blood and he was back working with his then 3yr. Come fall....it took awhile for him to get his confidence back too but his horse is one of a kind!
        11-25-2012, 12:22 PM
    Green Broke
    When it comes to trail riding it's not really time that matters but miles. The more miles you put on them the better they get. So if you ride a lot you can have a very confident trail horse in a very short matter of time. If you don't ride a lot it really can take years to build up those miles and get a good trail horse.

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