Fall is the best time of the year to enjoy trail rides. Horses are spirited on trail rides, their riders energetic, the trails more inviting than ever. But trail riding during this beautiful season of the year presents some challenges for the trail rider.
The Dingo is an easy leading lesson from Linda Tellington-Jones. The leading lesson, the Dingo and the V, from Linda Tellington-Jones, encourages your horse to move forward safely through obstacles on the trail. The Dingo leading lesson, explained by Linda Tellington-Jones, teaches your horse to trust you, and trust that you won?t ask him to do something impossible
Timber Ridge Horse Campground was voted the best horse campground for 2010 on HorseTrailDirectory.com, winning the Five-Star Award. Timber Ridge Horse Campground is adjacent to The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Jamestown, Tenn. To earn the award, a campground must receive the most Five-Star ratings from trail riders. In 2010, trail riders posted more than 800 ratings on 267 horse campgrounds, including Timber Ridge Horse Campground.
The 5th Annual Derby Party fundraiser for St. Jude?s Children?s Research Hospital will be held at Hayes Canyon Campground in Illinois? Shawnee National Forest on Saturday, May 7, 2011. This trail ride will take you through thousands of acres of beautiful scenery.
Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site is unique. Riding opportunities here will take you through different vegetation zones, including lush canyons and open ridges with incredible vistas.
Circle E Guest Ranch's trails feature pretty rock cliffs that seemed to go on forever says author Liz James.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Tennessee/Kentucky offers hundreds of acres of privately owned land with vistas, bluffs, overlooks running creeks, and all kinds of flora for your trail ride.
Introduce your horse to water slowly and calmly so he can have time to process the new sounds and sensations. Find a gently sloping beach or shoreline with no sudden drops. Outfit him in a rope halter and 12- to 15-foot training lead, then follow these steps.
When your horse travels downhill, he lifts his back and reaches his hindquarters far beneath him for support and balance. He also uses his abdominal muscles. Help him get into this position by not leaning far back in the saddle, says top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.
Are the trails where you ride in danger of being developed? Consider forming a trail-preservation club with your riding buddies. Having an official name, website, and an army of help can facilitate a dialogue with your local government authorities about sponsoring and maintaining the trails you frequent.
If your winter riding schedule demands you venture out in any weather, make sure you and your riding buddies stay warm and healthy. Frostbite (damage to the skin caused by cold) and hypothermia (when your body loses heat faster than it's produced) can set in when temperatures are as high as 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
It's tempting to tie your horse to a hitch with his reins during quick breaks, but no matter what, this isn't a safe move. If your rein-tied horse pulls back, he can easily injure his sensitive mouth tissues, or worse. He'll also likely break the reins.