No Trail Tip Tuesday for awhile. I need more time to ride! Between a banner season of visitors for Perrydale Trails (YAY!!!), designing a weekly video, and keeping the courses maintained, there's just not enough energy in this ol' gal. Where's a clone when you need her?
If you're having trailhorse troubles, there are likely answers to help you in the previous two months of videos. Common problems were discussed, and tips offered. I will offer one hint for today: Keep yourself sane during these troubled times: RIDE YOUR HORSE!!!
Tall Tales of the Trail Is your horse misbehaving? Probably ....
Form Makes Function Work!
How to use your aids to create trust with your trail horse
Expose your horse
Are You Patient or Pushy?
What It Takes!
Why is my horse a chicken?
Are you ready to trail ride?
Get your water wings on!
Let's DO cross that bridge when we come to it!
Here's a fun two-for-one exercise for you and your horse!
How to safely cross logs
How to Handle Hills
Here best illustrates why your horse needs to be an equal partner when navigating obstacles. Gunner has this tricky log crossing under control. Had I been a backseat driver, I would have hindered him. I have always allowed Gunner (and all my horses) two freedoms: 1) if he’s curious, I let him touch obstacles with his nose and 2) I loosen his reins so that he can put his head down to see where he’s going. Because of these two simple leeways, my horses rarely refuse an obstacle. You have to realize naturally horses are suspicious of the unknown. Giving your horse the freedom to investigate instills trust for both of you.