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    04-24-2014, 11:09 AM
Green Broke
Homemade trail course

Three weeks til the start of my local western show series!! I want to make a simple, cheap and removable trail course. Anyone have any ideas?
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    04-24-2014, 12:25 PM
Green Broke
I am assuming you are doing this at home, for your own practice?

Or are you in charge of setting up the trail course at the shows?
    04-24-2014, 01:45 PM
Green Broke
For my own practice. I give my mare a lot of credit, we were side passing a poll and she totally remember from last year. By my 4th pass she was practically side passing it herself!
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    04-24-2014, 02:24 PM
Green Broke
3 weeks isn't very much time, so just keep your goals realistic.

As far as what you can use for trail obstacles .... use your imagination!

I use old wooden fence posts to make parrallel lines or "L"shaped lines to practice backing through and sidepassing through.

Have a gate anywhere on your property? Use that to practice opening and closing a gate horseback.

Use a blue tarp or a large piece of cardboard to simulate going over a bridge. You can even "decorate" the sides with branches or random objects you have sitting around the yard (bike, buckets, flower pot, lawn mower, etc).

Practice opening and closing your mailbox from your horse.

Again, use your imagination!!!

Also, most of what you do in a trail course simply has to do with BODY CONTROL. You should be able to move the hindquarters with your leg, move the shoulders with your leg, and sidepass. Your horse should walk, trot, and lope nicely on a loose rein. You should be able to go from a standsill, straight into a lope on the correct lead (with lots of practice). Etc, etc. If you can precisely control all of your horse, then you should be able to move them through any obstacle course.
    04-24-2014, 02:26 PM
You can take a couple of pallets (you can dually get them for free on Craigslist) and nail a piece of plywood to the top to create a trail bridge.
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    04-24-2014, 02:44 PM
If you have rocks or tires or cones, set them up and back through them, weave around them, et cetra.
An old tire or a log makes a good drag.
A stack of downed brush or branches for a different type of walk over obstacle.
Hang a tarp or old sheet or a slicker on a branch. Ride up and take it off the branch. Or find a big old sheet and cut a slit in it and hang it, ride through.
    04-24-2014, 03:27 PM
Green Broke
Unfortunately 3 weeks is all I have to work with, two jobs, living 45 min away and full time school isn't conductive to practice. :( now that my clinical classes are ending at the end of the week I'll have move time to ride early in the morning before work.

Overall her maneuverability is excellent! She backs easily, side passes well, etc. the only thing she could use work on just standing still.
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    04-24-2014, 04:24 PM
If its more of a pleasure horse style trail course, all you need are 4 garden logs from home depot. With four logs you can practice an exercise for a couple days, anything from trot poles, lope overs, half wagon wheel, the box, sidepass and back the L, etc. They are usually so cheap I have 8 so I can combine 2 exercises at random so they don't anticipate pattern. Most modern indoorpleasure courses are mostly poles anyway.
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    04-24-2014, 05:53 PM
Green Broke
I have access to many many poles, that's half the stuff right there!!
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    04-24-2014, 07:19 PM
Here, this may be useful if you have a bunch of poles

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