Trail

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Trail horses are like kids; they need structure, direction, and appropriate discipline. Strong foundation training is built by the exercises and habituation that we provide. Metaphorically speaking, grade one is everything for a trail horse.

Walking into a tack shop and looking at a wall covered with bits can send a neophyte bit buyer into a cold sweat. We can simplify types of bits by putting them into two categories: snaffle bits and curb bits.

Trail Ghosts: Despooking the Trail Horse

By Stan Walchuk, Jr. - Some horses improve to a point, but will not entirely lose their problems, and for our purposes trail horses must be completely reliable. It is no fun riding while sitting on pins and needles wondering if your horse will spook, buck, or pull back the next time you tie him.

Mark Bolender Mountain & Extreme Trail

If the idea of working in partnership with your horse to navigate obstacles such as bridges, logs, water, and switchbacks appeals to you, then Mountain Trail might be for you. The discipline of Mountain Trail was founded in 2000 and over the last 13 years has skyrocketed in popularity due to its accessibility, the benefits it can bring to horses and riders specializing in other disciplines, and, simply put, because it’s just plain fun.

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We always talk about doing things right - the right training, riding method, gear, and discipline – but there is no escaping the fact that kids will be kids. They do not have the physical size and strength of an adult, the same ability to discipline, the same control, or the same focus and concentration to work through issues.

It is extremely important that your horse respects your space. Any number of situations could arise: the horse moves toward you and steps on your foot or clips your heel, or you go to halter or bridle him and he pulls his head away or pushes it toward you, causing you to lose your balance.

We all have expectations for our horses. With trail horses those expectations are based on the way we use them, which is very different from the way we use performance horses or pet horses.

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