Recreational Trail Riding and Hacking

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Conditioning the Trail Horse (Book Excerpt)

Most people wouldn’t think of getting up from a desk job and heading off into the mountains or hill country for long hikes without first getting into condition. The same should be true for your horse.

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Book Excerpt: Oxygen Supply

Many people worry that horses coming from near sea level will have trouble acclimating to the mountain altitudes. If they are physically fit, horses have an easier time adjusting than humans, and it’s all due to physiology.

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Temperament and Being Alert (Book Excerpt)

Look for a horse that’s alert to its surroundings and pays special attention to unusual objects. This is where the subtlety comes in. You want the horse to be observant, but you don’t want it to become agitated and frightened when it sees something.

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The Preparation Checklist for Pack Trips

Once you have your destination in mind and have set about procuring all the necessary information, think about your equipment, such as packsaddles, tents, sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils, and, it seems, a million other things.

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Trail Riding: Position in a Group

Does your horse walk along quietly with at least a horse length between him and the horse in front, or does he want to tailgate the lead horse without watching where he places his feet?

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Spooking on the Trail

I have a 17-year-old Arabian mare. When trail riding, she looks for every opportunity to jump, spook, or take off, especially now that my other horse, her companion, no longer accompanies her. Is there a safe daily supplement just to take the edge off while riding?

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Temperament: Buying the Right Horse for the Trail

In a discussion of proper temperament in a trail horse, words like solid and steady come to mind. You want a horse that will carry you over a trail with little to no fuss or fidgeting–a horse that is solid and steady in the bridle.

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