Ridden trails (skills)
To take part in a trail challenge is demanding, both for the horse and rider. It means for them to be able to manifest intimate communication skills such that they can complete a precision oriented course. To do so, the horse must be very attentive to his rider’s commands and remain patient and calm. The rider must plan ahead of time the path he will choose, such that he can orient his horse as wisely as possible towards the obstacle to allow for a fluid sequence.
An trail and skills course in pen or indoors involves obstacles which simulate challenges we often meet in nature. It can involve, for instance, to open and cross a gate, bridge crossing or ground poles. When necessary, the horse can first become acquainted with all the obstacle lead by hand. This way, the horse can better visualize the most optimal way to face the challenges.
During the ridden part of the training, one must improve individually how to face each different obstacles.
It can be interesting and good for the rider and horse’s training to venture outdoors, to face a diverse environment. All that was learned in the pen can be used outside of it: trails, ease in coordination and movements, concentration of the horse and rider. With a safe horse we can better enjoy the nature around us.