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Trail Training Part 1: Going Away From Home

The reason that many horses bolt, buck, rear, or balk on the trail is because they want to go back to the barn, other horses, their pasture, etc and you aren’t letting him. If the horse misbehaves by doing any one of these behaviors he learns that he can escape the pressure, go back to where he wants to be, or you may even end the ride, get off and take him home. You must start at the cause of the problem and figure out the source of your horse’s need to be at a certain place. Continue reading Trail Training Part 1: Going Away From Home

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Trail Training Part 3: Hills and Ditches

Riding on varying terrain is great for building trust, strength, and cooperation in the horse. Incorporating hills and ditches into your training regimen will improve your horse’s over all versatility. Continue reading Trail Training Part 3: Hills and Ditches

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Trail Training Part 2: Logs and Brush

Crossing over logs and through brush are obstacles that you will most likely encounter while on the trail. Some horses may become worried when underbrush touches their legs and may buck or bolt in response. If you properly prepare your horse first crossing through the woods won’t be a challenge. Continue reading Trail Training Part 2: Logs and Brush

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Solutions For A Spooky Horse

Does your horse tense up when he sees something scary on the trail? Or does he jump and run when faced with a scary object in the arena? If your horse does either of these behaviors often he may need some training to get him through these frightening experiences, and help him to become calmer and think about a situation before reacting. Continue reading Solutions For A Spooky Horse

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Happy Trails

It is a beautiful day, perfect for a trail ride. But before you unload your horse at a nearby trail head or venture off into the open space around your home or barn, there are a few things to keep in mind that will keep you and your horse safe and make your ride more enjoyable. Continue reading Happy Trails