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  1. General Riding queries
    I have been on 3 trail rides now and can walk, steer and stop confidently. I can post trot without holding onto the saddle fairly well but i have a little trouble dropping back into the saddle softly and smoothly. Wondering how long it has taken you to trot, canter and jump?
  2. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    Hi all! My name is Stacey, and I am new to the Horse Forum. I am 28 years old and have been riding and competing with horses since I was a young girl. I have a 21-year-old solid paint horse named Annie – she is my hear horse. Then I have a three-year-old grey paint named Marty, who I bred and...
  3. General Riding queries
    Hello Everyone! Sorry for the long post but a little backstory I think is needed for clarity. I got a new mare a little over a year and a half ago, VERY green broke. She came from an owner that had her in with cows and no horses. After months of ground work and letting her be with my boys...
  4. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Hi everyone! I recently took my rescued trail mare on our first solo ride (solo as in no one from our current herd came with us). We joined a local faux foxhunting club for a trail ride/hunt and rode in third field, which was walk/trot. She was really good with the new horses until we started...
  5. Trail Riding
    Galloping :gallop: in the beautiful valleys of the Drakensberg National Park in SA, jumping off a waterfall, stumbling on cave art…. our South Africa / the Kingdom of Lesotho 3 day-long trail ride was a life-changing experience! Here are some pictures from it: More pictures and our...
  6. Trail Riding
    So I was browsing the internet, curious about peoples opinions on horse manure on trails. Now my personal opinion is quite simple; kick it off the trail if you notice, and be done with it. It's not really a big deal, especially since there's usually all kinds of other poop there anyways from...
  7. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Hello all! I'm brand new to the forum, but not to riding in general. I've always had a horse up until about three years ago when I was forced to sell my mares because at the time my living situation was ping-ponging around a lot. I wasn't exactly the best situation to have two horses in. So now...
  8. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    The horse I’m riding has a short back. I ride him for lessons in my saddle a wide, 17” dressage saddle that fits him well and by blanket marks shows it is about as long as any saddle he should be under. His owner rides him less than once a month. He rides an older western saddle that is too...
  9. Therapeutic Riding
    Hi, My sister is turning 60 in November and not only has RP but is also hard of hearing. Since her sight is rapidly going, I would love to be able to find an opportunity for her to trail ride for a weekend (or week) as a birthday present. She has had horses for many years but as her sight has...
  10. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    hi everyone, thanks for reading so I've been trying really hard working with the mare I loan, she's got a bunch of bad habits or little tests to see what kind of a rider I am, like charging down the wrong path with her eyes closed or getting very strong on the walk home... so today I was...
  11. Trail Riding
    The week-long trail ride in Ethiopia we completed this January was was the adventure of a life time: horse handlers who run as fast as galloping horses, forests full of cute monkeys and fields packed with fleas. We've got to see traditional clay huts, donkeys and horses gathering by the streams...
  12. Trail Riding
    This summer we explored the most beautiful part of the Caucasus - Svanetia - on horseback and wanted to share our impressions: As the roads are quite bad there, horse tours are probably one of the best options. You may hire a local guide but to our surprise, it was also possible to hire...
  13. General Riding queries
    Hi, I currently am taking trail riding lessons. The trainer uses Tennessee Walking Horses. She says I have great posture with my arms, body, legs, and feet, head up and looking where I want to go, etc. and I am doing great but need to work on consistency. I am learning to flat walk right now...
  14. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have a Welshy who came to me quite noise sensitive, I have ridden him almost every day for the past 4 months and he is now great near cars. However, he freaks out when we come across a biker. I feel as though we don't quite come across bikes enough for him to get used to them straight away. I...
  15. Trail Riding
    Does anybody know of any good riding trails in or around Maryland? I just want a pleasure ride with my boy because he absolutely loves going out to new places. If any of you could suggest somewhere safe, fun, and relatively easy to navigate, that would be great! Thanks!!
  16. Trail Riding
    I have a few days of PTO that are use-it-or-lose-it. I'd love use the time to get out and explore more places by horseback. No truck or trailer so I'd like to find a place that can provide the horse but I can bring my own tack if need be. I'm a distance rider and enjoy moving out on trail at a...
  17. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hello I just acquired a wonderful 4 year old arabian/saddlebred gelding. He's a 'failed' show horse. The original owner sunk about 80 grand into his training and he just hated showing and would spook at something at least every time in the arena. He is reactive. His original owner just wanted to...
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