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85 Essential Trail Riding Tips

In many ways, trail riding is the ultimate test of your partnership with your horse. You need to be prepared to face certain obstacles and encounters in an uncontrolled environment, often over unknown territory. Anticipating possible scenarios and practicing at home can help earn your horse’s trust and bolster your own confidence. Professional photographer Shawn Hamilton has pursued her passion for exotic equestrian images by riding the wilderness all around the world from the Andes and Mongolia to the Rockies and Canada’s Atlantic coast. She shares the lessons she’s learned here. Before you hit the trail, you should have developed a strong seat and clear communication with your horse; meaning he should move well and consistently off your aids. Once you have a solid base, you will be better prepared to take on any challenges that come your way. Pre-Ride Practice Tips Choose a secure location to introduce obstacles. Be…

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