Originally Posted by masatisan
You know, it would probably be a great learning oppurtunity for Jubilee to learn how to behave on a trail/road . Trail rides can be great for teaching your horse to focus and remain calm in new enviornments (which is what is needed at shows), and you can still ask her to perform the same manuvers you would in the arena and it will be even more of a challenge for her.
Don't go on a trail ride, go for a sophisticated, well controlled, English hack. ;) ask her for a canter the same as in an an arena, ask her to leg yeild around an obsticle, make her half-pass at wider spots on the trail.
There are also other benefits to going on trail rides like going up and down slopes is great for developing muscles, and different types of terrain can build the horses confidence and be very beneficial to the hooves.
Just thought I'd add my two-cents.
This is a great post masatisan. I agree with it that it would be good for Jubilee to learn that trails are okay too. I understand that you prefer the arena and that is where you are most comfortable, but if you never challenge yourself to go out of your comfort zone, then you may end up stuck in a rut. Trails really are a great learning experience where your horse learns to listen to you even under the most skittish of circumstances. Plus, if you were to ever have to sell her, it would be a major plus to have a well rounded trail/show horse instead of one that is wonderful in the arena but a handful on the trail.
That being said, it is still ultimately your decision. We can all argue our points until we are blue in the face but it still comes down to what you think is best for the time that you and Jubilee spend together. It is hard for me (as a trail/country rider) to understand how a ring can be more exciting or fun than a new trail but I have to see the other side of the coin too. With everything there is a spectrum; on each end is the extreme opposite of any given idea. Most of the time, people generally see one side of the spectrum without any concern about the people on the other side. Because it is not something that we understand, that other side is considered different, or strange to us.
Sorry for the ramble of off the wall ideas. Anyway it is still your decision and you have to do what is best for you and jubilee.