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  1. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Ok so, I’m leasing a horse all year until summer. I was hoping to use him for an equestrian team but I’m not sure if it’s even happening this year(but it’s beside the point) this horse used to be used in rodeo as a team penning horse and as a roping horse. Now he’s used as a wrangler trail horse...
  2. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    What are some things I can work on keeping a horse calm and slow when trail riding alone? My mare is constantly wanting to run and is very antsy when riding alone on a trail ride. She dances around when I try to keep her at a walk, or she speed walks. She is pressure sensitive so I have to...
  3. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I'm considering starting up trail riding with my horse. We have some fabulous trails in the area that lead through residences and the forests. However, I primarily ride english. I'd like a trail uniform for my horse. I've really been interested in casual riding and trails. I know nothing about...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi, I'm looking for some more advice, I took over care of this ex racer although she didn't make it all the way as she wasn't faster enough and the owner just neglected her. She is a really beautiful horse, she can be so loving and like affection. She handles well, a pleasure to groom and...
  5. General Riding queries
    We have a 6 year old mare who has been in a myler level 2, eggbutt snaffle for 3 years. While young, she did excellent in this bit the moment we put it in and she had a quiet, calm mouth. We moved her one week ago to a large dairy farm and she settled in nicely. The only drawback is she's the...
  6. Trail Riding
    Hi, I have a draft cross that is basically bombproof. I trail ride her alone and with friends depending on whos riding at the time I plan to ride. When we go out alone my mare is calm and everything is good. when we go out with other riders, my mare is fine as long as the rest of the trail stays...
  7. Trail Riding
    Hello,I would like to learn if horses panic when they encounter or step on a snake on the trail. Thanks
  8. Horse Shows
    I am wanting to show in in-hand trail this year. I have never done it before and have a few questions. 1. Any tips on side passing? 2. Do you use a show halter with a chain just like in halter? 3. Do you set up your horse at all and where? Any other tips? Our obstacles are side pass to the...
  9. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    I am short at 5'1 and my horse is probably 14.3-15 hands and a normal/smaller build my saddle measures 23 x 23 inches at the edge of the skirt. I want a saddle pad that does not HUGE under it and covers up my whole horse to his but! What is a good size pad for trail riding? Is it 2in...
  10. Horse Health
    My quarter horse got an injury to his stifle about 7 to 8 years ago! hes been doing fine with it and have been riding great! Last fall it started to affect him and his riding, he wont canter and if he does its for a few strides i retired him from trails and i ride him twice a week light riding...
  11. Horses for Sale and Wanted
    "Zephy" is a gorgeous gaited Paso Fino, small framed and delicate looking, but strong and energetic. She has a super smooth ride, your seat will never leave the saddle. Stands for vet, farrier, grooming, fly spray. Zephy has lots of get-up-and-go! She has had MANY miles of trail riding...
  12. General Riding queries
    Is that possible? Sure, you can plan and train to help prevent the unexpected, but there comes a day a bee bites, you run into unexpected wildlife, or your horse has been arena bound all winter and his first trail ride of the season is an adventure. I used to cross my fingers and hope my...
  13. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I am new to buying saddles, and I can't seem to get a clear answer from the online stores selling these, and the difference or advantages of a trail saddle versus an endurance saddle. I do all of my riding on dirt roads, and some trails, a few river crossings, a lot of hills. I do not plan to...
  14. Horse Health
    Harley my quarter horse got kicked in his stifle 6years ago and the barn owner left him in the pasture and did nothing while we were on vacation for a week. He had a deep bone bruise and we did everything the vet said to do he was fine for the past few years now it's starting to bug him. My vet...
  15. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Ok, I'm disabled and CANNOT use stirrups (feet bones messed up since 2004). Thus, I've been competing in endurance (on and off over the years) in a basic bareback pad. (think square western pad with a nylon overstrap) I train in an even more basic bareback pad. (not even pockets, shaped like...
  16. Horses for Sale and Wanted
    More photos available at: *Gorgeous Bay Dun Trail Horse* $600 - All reasonable offers considered. Beautiful 8 yr old, approx 14.2 Bay Dun QH Mare. Been there, done that kind of trail horse. Up hill, down hill, through water (LOVES water!), mud, switchbacks, rocks, you name it. Has jumped small...
  17. Trail Riding
    I have a great safe way to picket your horses and dogs on your day rides or camping trips I have seem so many UNSAFE ways people tie their dogs and horses while on a ride over the years and it has made me wonder ????? How much is your four legged friend worth to keep safe? :? We spend...
  18. Horses for Sale and Wanted
    looking for a family type gelding for sale in ND.
  19. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I need some opinions on western saddles! I'm looking for one, preferably under $500. Something relatively well made! Anyone have any good suggestions?
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