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    01-19-2012, 04:42 PM
Mounted shooting and 'extreme' trails

So, the husband is wanting to get into both cowboy mounted shooting, and the 'extreme' trail riding. I'm alittle confused on the last ones name, cause I've seen it called ranch riding, trail riding, etc. But basically, you and your horse have to do a bunch of things like cross a bridge, drag a tire, rope a barrel, go up and down sand/dirt hills, cross water, etc. I'm really proud of husband, he's training by himself, and Hondo is doing great. That horses trusts the husband so much its sweet.

I was wondering if anyone in the forum rides in either of these sports? If so, tips/tid bits to help us? What do you enjoy the most of it? What do find the horses are the most reluctant to do?
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    01-20-2012, 01:25 AM

I am very involved in mounted shooting. I have also done various "extreme cowboy races." Mounted shooting takes up much of my time, so that is what I focus on.

I would say that - in general - it is harder to train a horse to mounted shooting than to most other equine sports, including extreme races. The gun and the noise usually take some work to get past.

Your best bet is to find the nearest mounted shooting club. Most will host training clinics for the new rider/new horse. This is the best way to start your horse in mounted shooting.

The same would apply for extreme races, but that is much easier to work on at home. With mounted shooting, it is easy to "ruin" a horse if you don't know what you are doing.

Where are you located? Let me know and I could probably point you to some friendly mounted shooting folks.
    01-20-2012, 11:48 PM
We're in central Texas, and my husband has teamed up with a club that rides/trains/etc in Blanco. A co-worker he works with also does the mounted shooting. I'm very happy with the results that my husbands been getting with his horse. He's taking it very slowly. Currently he's working at trotting around the pole patterns, then he'll attach the balloons. The barn we stable at is next door to a gun range, so the horses hear the guns all day long. Not quite the same as right on top of them, but it is great at helping!

If I remember correctly, the guy he works with was 5 or 6th place in nationals the past few years. But I could be wrong. Husbands horses' major downfall is stopping. But that's not part of the course, lol. The horse in general is very bomb proof, was used as a drill team/parade/play day horse prior to us getting him. He gives my husband anything he asks, which is really cool to watch :)

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