I’ve seen this a couple of times and absolutely love it, so I had to share! (I do not own it)
”I can't count the number of times that I have heard the words "Oh you just trail ride" or "It's just a trail horse", especially from other riders who focus on only one discipline. And each time I have to smirk a little. To be JUST a Trail Rider you need a very special talented kind of steed for which many folks don't realize the expertise required:
- He needs to be as maneuverable as a dressage horse...to be able to place each foot exactly where and when you need because there is a steep cliff drop-off on one side and a wall of solid mountainside on the other. A sure-footed horse is a must to be a good trail horse.
- He needs to be as bold as a foxhunter....to go willingly where she is pointed, whether that is over a log, up a steep hill, down a gully, through rushing water, boot-sucking mud , across a rickety bridge, or bushwhacking through thick scrub.
-He needs to be as agile as a show jumper....able to easily twist and turn around trees and bushes, boulders and hop over fallen logs.
- He needs to have the stamina of an endurance horse....because a 10 mile ride can easily turn into a 20 mile ride if his "on-board GPS" (aka rider) takes a wrong turn.
-He needs to have the calm mind of a rodeo pick-up horse....because many horses cannot hold it together under stress. But a good trail horse must be able to cope with the high emotional energy often coming from other horses in front, behind and either side of her. He needs to always be level-headed and sensible.
-He needs to manage being squashed against others like a polo pony....because on some trails his nose might be pushed against a tail in front, or flanks pressed side-by-side with rider's knees banging against other rider's knees, or another horse breathing down his back. He needs to have patience and get along well with others.
-He needs to cope with bursts of speed like a racehorse.....because if that "on-board GPS" (aka rider), stated above, turns the short ride into 20 miles you won't get home till dark if walking that whole distance, or you come across a nest of bees!!
-He needs to be a clever problem-solver with his mind and feet like a cutting horse....sometimes his rider is gonna get him stuck in places that seem impossible to get out of!
-He needs to be brave like a cow horse because not only will he have to deal with protective mama cows and bulls out on the trails, but she'll also be faced with mountain bikes, ATVs, motorcycles, strollers, tractors, logging equipment, chainsaws, horse-drawn carts, bullet-riddled appliances, floating plastic bags and balloons, booming thunder and pouring rain with flapping slickers, loose wild horses and burros, and all forms of wildlife.
-And they need to be cuddly and sweet like a child's pony....because he will spend countless hours exploring trails with his rider.”
The mustangs really excel at trail riding, whether it’s a leisurely ride or a more endurance-type ride! Ella has taken great care of me on the trail since her very first trail ride. She’s sure-footed and has common sense. If a deer or turkey bursts out of the bushes, they will startle her (and me), but she stops, faces them, realizes they are not a threat, and we move on! Wind, rain, obstacles – no matter what, I know that my little mustang can handle anything!