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Re: [RC] Starting young horses on the trail - Kathy Mayeda

Your plan sounds pretty sound.  That was my plan with my younger horse, too.

A lot depends on the individual horse which I found out the hard way.
My first endurance horse was easy to ride from the beginning.  Neither
of us were ready to do endurance until he was around 9 y.o. though.  I
needed to learn to ride and get a truck, trailer, etc. so that we can
do endurance.

Drako, the one I'm putting my attention on for the last few years, has
done one LD as a 6 y.o. which blew his mind for trail riding and he's
been pretty hot on the trail since.  He's done a 50 shortly after with
Jeremy Reynolds, did well, but Jeremy is able to get off the horse and
run.  I won't do that.  (I was about to say can't, but in reality it's
"WON'T").   Just to maintain his attention on me on the trail was a
chore since then - he would lose his brain and buck up hills no matter
what saddle I had on him.   Totally new behaviour since those rides.
So I diverted my own attention to dressage and Parelli work with him.
Now he's older and getting a brain.  I know past his physical prime,
but who cares - I want a sane horse on the trail.

You probably will have better luck with your youngster.  I think that
Drako is just an extreme.


On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 11:23 AM, Beth Leggieri <trailyaya@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
For those of you who have bred your own mounts, I'd love to hear your
suggestions and observations about moving your youngster through the trail
training experiences.


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