Casino, young horse on a trail ride!
Had a great suggestion from one of my clients/buddies on trail riding and how to stay safe while doing it.
So, I think that’s what I will focus on this coming week. I am working with Sue and her new horse, Buddy. Buddy was here for about a month and a half before Sue owned him so I know the horse fairly well. He is a good guy and Sue wants to use him for a lot of things, but on of those things is a solid trail horse.
So what does it take to be safe on the trail? Well, it takes a lot of things but there is a couple that dove tail into my philosophy on training.
I practice 3 principles of horsemanship that are hundreds of years old. They are, Intuition, Control and Trust. When it comes to trail riding, Control is a must. We have to be able to control our horse’s feet. We much have control over when he goes, how fast he goes, when he turns and which directions and when he stops. If we don’t have these skills in our horse, you would be better off, and safer, if you worked on these skills in the arena, before you start going on trail rides.
If you have been reading my blog you already know what I do in order to get control of my horse’s feet. It all starts with a good ground skills, before we get in the saddle. So ask yourself, can I move my horse’s feet with ease, without my horse getting upset or nervous? If you can't, you need to spend more time on the ground teaching your horse to relax and more softly. The ground is always the best place to start and the best place to fix any problems your horse has. Once you get in the saddle your horse has more control over the outcome of events. So, take the time and work with your horse on the ground developing good solid skills.
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