How to Navigate a Trail Gate

In autumn, the trails are often muddy and the schooling ring ground frozen. This leaves people looking for an off-season, poor-footing training idea to keep them motivated and develop their horses' skills. In cases like this, I often suggest riders learn the steps to navigate a trail gate. The goal Beyond the benefit in learning the 'phonics' of manoeuvring his body parts and the patience education your horse will receive to apply to other areas of his life, competing in trail is a blast! Competitive trail is a booming sport. From cowboy obstacle races, to show ring patterns, to Pony Club Le Trec, the common denominator is finesse and efficiency. And most patterns involve manoeuvring through a gate. The building blocks Are you able to put your horse's body parts wherever you want? Can you get him to turn on the forehand or haunches, sidepass, step backward and step forward? Before…

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