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.
An effect of riding at high altitudes is dehydration, a major cause of the syndrome known as Acute Mountain Sickness. Both you and your horse need to stay hydrated to prevent dehydration, and one simple indicator of dehydration is urine color. Relatively clear urine tends to go with hydration, while dark yellow tends to indicate dehydration. Worse, urine that appears tinged with red or pink suggests serious dehydration, which can be a cause of Acute Mountain Sickness. It is important to prevent
Getting along with your horse is the key to improving your team roping performance, whether heading or heeling.
SLIDESHOW! Does your trail horse need a time out? Use Clinton Anderson's unique longeing techniques to refocus your horse's attention--and hone his can-do keenness.
SLIDESHOW! In the final part of Clinton Anderson's lesson in longeing for respect, you'll learn to direct your horse in a series of smooth, continuous turns on the hindquarters. This exercise activates the thinking side of his brain, improves his balance in rollbacks, and--most importantly--reinforces the message that you're in charge.
SLIDESHOW! In the second part of Clinton Anderson's lesson in longeing for respect, you'll learn to send your horse out onto a circle, then cue him to turn in, stop, and face you. Controlling the movement of his feet in this manner will strengthen the bond between the two of you and sharpen his obedience.
Prep safely for a trail ride with this list of important pre-ride questions.
Crossing obstacles, whether it is stepping into water or stepping on a trail bridge, can definitely be a challenge if your horse doesn't respond to your cue to move forward. Don't be totally disappointed. The positive thing is, you are able to get your horse across water. It's just now you want to do it without getting your own feet wet, too!
When you ride into the wilderness to find someone who is lost, a good horse is much more than transportation. Horses provide more than just tranportation, they are acutely aware of their environment and provide important clues that can lead to the recovery of a lost person.
These days, horsemen and women have to be equally conscious of treading lightly on our natural landscape. Development and encroaching urban sprawl threaten farms, ranches, open space and trails. To save them, horse people must show they have political clout, are an economic force, and demonstrate good land stewardship, both on and off the farm. Statics show we must save open space or riding areas will be lost.