connected. make sure he stays aware MULTI-TASKING ON THE TRAIL
When you have completed your session
of your presence even while you are your trail horse has to do many things
or ride and return your horse to the field
relaxing. At minimum, keep your mind at one time -- maintain gait, be aware
or stall, make a clear break much like
connected. If you are standing still, of predators (a natural instinct,) listen
you do when you release a dog in dog
occasionally talk to him and pet him to to his leader, pay attention to the
training with the OK command. OK.
remind him you are there. terrain and so on. We can talk to our
Now it’s time to be just a horse.
friends and enjoy the scenery while
WHEN YOUR HORSE WHISPERS,
still staying connected to our partner
through our seat, voice, reins, and
Angelia Robinette-Dublin and Jenny Lance met in
While trail riding, you may be tempted
2001 at a horsemanship program and immediately
brains. yes, it may sound exhausting,
to just sit back, not guide your horse,
struck up a great friendship. Both were certified
but it doesn’t get much better than a
by John Lyons Trainer, Kathy Huggins. Angelia
and simply be a passenger. This can
fabulous trail ride on a trusty steed. A
went on to become a Josh Lyons Accredited
be a dangerous proposition and can
Trainer. Together, they created Live To Ride,
trail horse IS a performance horse (for
also break your connection. you may
focusing on the Trail and Recreational Rider. www.
hours at a time!).
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HORSES ARE THREE-DIMENSIONAL!
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