cles such as water or ditches will be encountered. Evalu- ate the obstacle and decide if you can safely negotiate it. If you have to get off to cross an obstacle, dismount and negotiate the obstacle safely from the ground rather than trying to ride through it.


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Safety and Confidence on the Trail In previous articles we

have reviewed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including read- ing the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it. We have discussed preparing the rider through warm up and stretching ex- ercises. Now we are ready to go out on the trail! Even when trail riding,

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a rider should have goals in mind for the time he or she will be spending with their horses. I believe 5 major goals should be included on every trail ride. They are:

1. Maintaining safety and confidence 2. Providing a fitness work- out for the rider 3. Training the horse on the trail 4. Socializing with other rid- ers and having fun 5. Managing pre- and post- trail ride logistics such as trailering, ponying, etc. Maintaining safety and

horse and rider confidence on the trail must be the first priority of these goals. With- out these, the other trail rid- ing goals

cannot be

achieved. Here are some general safety tips to help you and your horse have a safe, confidence-building experience on the trail. If you have never been

on the trail before… it is a good idea to scout out the trail a day ahead of your ride. Your first trip on the

trail should be hiking it so you won’t have any sur- prises that you or your horse may not be ready to handle. If you are inexperi-

enced…do not go alone on any trail. Scout it out first. Then ask an experienced trail riding horse and rider team to go with you and your horse for at least the first ride on the trail. The third trip down the trail, you and your horse should have enough confidence to either go solo or feel comfortable with a group of riders com- ing along. Remember to take a

halter and longe line… keep the halter on underneath the bridle, and keep the longe line either hooked to the saddle where it can be safety carried or else stashed in a saddle bag. If you get into any situation on the trail where you are unsure of the horse’s reactions: get off, at- tached the longe line to the halter, and work the horse if he needs to get out his inner energy or nervousness. Evaluate your


ride…before you go out on the trail. Was there anything you encountered during the previous trail ride that caused an issue? What goal do you want to achieve on this ride that will help solve that issue? Always have a plan in mind before setting off down the trail! Unlike arena riding,

most trails offer a variety of challenges for horse and

rider. The varying terrain is great for conditioning the horse and adds interest to the ride. Here are some tips for handling common trail terrain challenges while maintaining safety and con- fidence.

Hills: Unlike arena riding, most trails have some up and downhill terrain. It is important to practice the correct position for riding uphill and downhill that will help you and your horse stay balanced. When riding uphill,

move your shoulders for- ward. This will help you stay centered over the horse’s center of gravity as he shifts it forward going uphill. Be careful not to let your legs swing back and out of position as you move the shoulders forward. Going downhill


harder. Bring your shoul- ders back and your feet in front of the girth. Encour- age the horse to keep his head up by bringing your hands straight up over the crest of his neck in time with his stride. If he in- creases his speed or pulls on the reins, he is balancing too much on his forehand. Make sure you are in the correct position and bring his head up to help him shift his bal- ance off his forehand.

Obstacles: If you have

scouted out the trail ahead of time, you know if obsta-

for leaving

“home:”: “Home” when trail riding may be the barn if you are going for a ride from the horse’s stable, or it may be his trailer if you have driven to a trail. A horse’s instinct will always cause him to be more slug- gish traveling away from home and more anxious when going back towards it. You will not be able to change this basic instinct, so plan how to use it to your advantage. When leaving “home,”

ask the horse for more for- ward movement. Ask him to travel at a jog to get him thinking forward. The out- bound, away-from-home part of the trip is also the best time to practice maneu- vers requiring the horse to stop and stand. When com- ing back toward “home” when he wants to be quick and anxious, ask him to do controlled, but slow, actions. A note about trailering

to a trail ride: If you or your horse are not familiar with trailering, give yourself plenty of time to practice this skill well before the trail ride date. Too often, riders think they can just “throw” a horse that is inexperienced into a trailer and drive off to meet their friends at the trail. This is a recipe for safety problems and loss of confidence for both horse and rider. Learn how to safely load, unload, and trailer your horse. I recom- mend my Longevity Train- ing Video #2 - Advancing Basic Ground Training tape which includes a large seg- ment on teaching a horse how to trailer and pointers for safely driving a trailer. When you know how to safely trailer a horse, access to many more trails and more fun will open to you.

Jump Canada Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations

the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in- clude Builder - Individual; Builder - Organization; Groom; Pony; Hunter; Jumper; Rider; Sponsor; Media; Offi- cial; Trainer/Coach; and Team/Event. The nomination criteria for potential

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on a final score of 36.70 penalties. They were joined in the victory gallop by Dana Cooke, a Canadian residing in Mooresville, NC, and FE Missis- sippi (Cassini II x Legaat), a nine- year-old Württemberger mare owned by the FE Mississippi Syndicate LLC, who scored 41.10 penalties for ninth

June 5, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – The Jump Canada Hall of Fame is cur- rently calling for nominations for its 2019 Induction class. The Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Cere- mony, presented by BMO, will be held as part of a black-tie gala on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, ON. Current categories recognized by

for the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are due to the Hall of Fame Committee by June 30, 2019. The committee will then deliberate and an-

place. Canada’s up-and-coming riders

also earned notable results in the Under 25 (U25) divisions at the Bromont Three-Day Event. Shelby Brost of Red Deer, AB, finished on her dressage score of 33.60 penalty points for third place in the CCI-U25 3*-L division with Crimson (Etta x Cojak), the 16-year-old Thoroughbred mare she co-owns with Wayne Brost. In the CCI-U25 2*-L division, Elise Hicks of

our membership an opportunity to share their stories about those who have made our sport special, and to put forward suggestions for future in- ductees,” said Mark Samuel, Chair of the Jump Canada Hall of Fame. Submissions for consideration

Jump Canada Hall of Fame candidates are available on the Equestrian Canada website - https://www.eques- “The nomination process gives

committee includes Mark Samuel (Chair), Jennifer Anstey, Evie Frisque, Muffie Guthrie, Bobbie Reber, Phil Rozon, Jennifer Ward, and Nancy Wetmore.

can be found at https://www.eques- The Jump Canada Hall of Fame

nounce this year’s Inductees from among all nominations received to date. Nominations not accepted for induction in 2019 will be retained and considered in future years. Profiles of previous inductees

Trenton, ON, and her seven-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Max Power (Philanthropist x Explosive Red), also finished on their dressage score, plac- ing seventh on 38.80 penalty points. EC wishes to thank Sport

Canada for its support of athletes through the Athlete Assistance Pro- gram and the International Single Sport Events – Hosting Program.

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