Your Surroundings

June 1, 2021

Be aware of your surroundings

Look ahead​

Hey, the driver should be looking where they’re going!

A major fault of almost all riders is looking down at their horse’s head constantly. Part of building trust is your horse knowing that you, as the master, are observing the trail ahead. It is your responsibility to evaluate the terrain and plan a route that will allow you both to handle it safely. As you learn how to read and rate obstacles; he learns to trust that you will help him get through whatever. Horsemanship-wise, riding with your eyes forward enables you to accurately “feel” your horse. It is amazing how much you will sense when you don’t ride by your eyes!

Riding your horse is very much like driving a car. If you’re looking down at the steering wheel and the dashboard all the time, you’re gonna wreck!

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Schedule

Schedule a ride, a lesson, or a camp outing! Find out all the options we have available for you to experience the joy of Perrydale Trails!

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Located At

15900 W. Perrydale Rd.

Sheridan, OR

Call Us

(503) 843-2930

Email Us

ride@perrydaletrails.com