Riding near traffic can be challenging. Your horse must deal with vehicles of varying sizes, traveling at speed, and making loud noises. The road itself often has challenges such as culverts, guard rails, ditches, garbage cans, mailboxes…and dogs. Many drivers don’t know how to respond to horses and assume they will be fine. Others don’t…

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One week ago, Presto was beginning the longest haul he has done yet. Here are my answers to some of the questions you asked. ❓🐴How often do you stop to let the horses rest? Offer water, etc? Do you unload, if so when and how often?-Shirley How often I stop depends somewhat on the horse…

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Presto just made his first 1,000 mile journey from Ohio to Maine and many of you had questions. Here are a few: “Any tips to keep horses drinking while on the road? And when you get to your destination? I have one that is doesn’t like to drink strange water and sometimes won’t drink for…

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A listener asks for some advice on how to reduce her horse’s anxiety…and hers…when out on the trails. The discussion includes riding reactively vs planning, analyzing your thought patterns, changing your muscle habits, and the idea that horses notice patterns. Transcript of Podcast Links mentioned in podcast: Episode 93 Presto’s first trail ride

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In this podcast, I list the three steps I use for building a horse’s confidence and discuss the words ‘composure’ and ‘pressure’. I also discuss a listener question, “How you go about getting your horse to trail ride alone? I’ve always wanted to disappear into the woods, have a blast, me and my horse… and…

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  How do horses develop confidence on the trails? Does confidence come from riding with another confident horse? Are some horses just born confident and others will always struggle? Can confidence be trained? I answer this listener question while out riding on the trails. Full Transcript Links mentioned in podcast: Video of Presto’s first trail…

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Take a moment and think about what YOU think might be the biggest problem or most common mistake you see when out trail riding. Visualize the problem. Here are some common problems that I see as symptoms: Head tossing, rushing up hills, refusing to move forward (maybe mud or water) rushing down hills, dragging riders…

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For Presto’s first trail ride, I asked my husband, Jesse, to ride my mare Willow ahead of Presto. I’ve ‘ponied’ Presto from Willow before so they are both comfortable with being close to each other. Willow was both a calm influence and in case of emergency I could have used her as a wall to…

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