Trail riding tips, from selecting and training a trail horse to the best trail saddles, handling emergencies on the trail and challenges like wildlife or water crossings
Charles Wilhelm shows how to start your horse on crossing objects, using a blue tarp.
When you go for a trail ride, you?ll likely encounter a number of things your horse will perceive as a threat to his safety. As a prey animal, his flight instinct tells him to flee such threats. Your challenge is to keep him under control calmly and confidently. As he begins to trust you as his leader, he?ll learn to stay calm when encountering new object.
In training pack animals, consider the way the pack animals travel and also the ability of your string leader (the horse you ride) or pony horse to vary his speed to suit the pack animals behind him. Gait training for your pony horse or string leader may
The way your saddle fits your horse is the key to his comfort and soundness on the trail. A saddle that was perfect for last year?s trail rides might not be the perfect saddle fit this year. These 10 saddle tips will help you find the correct saddle fit.