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A Year of Firsts: Is Your Horse Ready for the Trail?

With summer at its peak, there is no time like the present to hit the trails and see just how far you and your green horse have progressed in your training. Of course, that might be easier said than done. Does the idea conjure images of galloping through lush green fields, jumping logs and effortlessly crossing shallow rivers? Or does the mere mention of the trail fill you with twinges of terror? In this issue, trainer and clinician Josh Nichol encourages you to challenge your horse while providing a systematic approach designed to help both of you prepare for your first trail ride.  The Foundation “One of the biggest reasons horses struggle on the trail is that they are simply ill prepared,” said Nichol. “Often, amateur riders juggle many responsibilities, and their horses do not get ridden consistently enough. It is never fair to ask much of your horse when…

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