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There are many reasons why trail riding perpetually ranks as the No. 1 recreational riding activity. It’s fun and relaxing. Tack and clothing requirements are strictly functional—anything blingy/color-coordinated is up to you. And any horse of sound mind and body can make a good trail horse. A trail horse doesn’t have to be pretty or a fancy mover, but he needs to be surefooted and balanced
over all kinds of terrain. He needs to be responsive to your cues, just like any
other equine athlete—maybe even more so. When you’re out in the open far
from a nice, safe arena, that’s important. You never know what you might run
into—a mountain biker whizzing down the path, or a close encounter with a
peacock or a pig. (True story!) While nobody’s judging your eq on the trail, if
you can cultivate a balanced position and encourage your horse to use his body
correctly, the prognosis for his health, happiness and long term soundness is
The more skills your horse has, the better your time on the trails will be. The
good news is, you can work on improving while you’re out on the trail—no
need to go in endless circles. Follow our trail horse tune-up plan on page 46 for
exercises that are easy to incorporate into your regular riding routine.
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