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Keeping Your Horse Focused Out On The Trail with Josh Nichol

With summer at its peak, now is the perfect time to get out of the arena and head out onto the trail. The great outdoors provides the ideal

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By: Chantal Marleau |

The reality is that regardless of how relaxing trail riding sounds, most of us have at least one harrowing tale we like to share involving time spent away from the arena. Perhaps your story involves an uneventful ride that suddenly turned into a frenzied, unstoppable race for home.  You may also vividly remember the details of your horse spooking four feet sideways as you tried to ride through a puddle. Regardless of the experiences you’ve had, it is not uncommon to be a little apprehensive about heading out onto the trail. In order to become more confident, you will need to make sure that you have your horse’s attention whenever you need it most. In the last issue we discussed exercises to develop a softer, more responsive horse.  In this article, Josh Nichol builds on those principles and shares more techniques that will help prepare you and your horse for…

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