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Bombproof Your Horse Part 5: Putting it to the Test

You've done the work, and you and your horse are now a confident, skilled team; able to confront new distractions with aplomb. So, what's next? You could leave it at that and head to the next trail ride, or show with confidence, or you could really challenge yourself by setting up your own obstacle course. Here, we provide some ideas for obstacles that will test your horse's training and trust in his rider. If you excel at this, the next step might be to organize an Extreme Trail Challenge or Horse Agility competition (see sidebars). Safety First! Rule number one for setting up challenges is that they should be safe if ridden well. A sheet of plywood placed over lumber to raise it must be thick enough to support the horse's weight. Add more cross-pieces if you have any doubt. Tarps should be secured with jump poles or fence board…

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