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How to Handle Spooking on the Trail

Riding down a wooded trail, across an open field, along a country lane, or across a rocky ridge – these are the images of dreams.

No matter how often riders refer to “just a trail ride”, leaving the confines of the arena for open spaces and all that may be encountered there, can be a true test of a rider’s skill.

A universal challenge of trail riding is that horses get spooked. Even the most experienced and level headed horse can become startled or be wary of something new.

For any horse, it takes going out and working through the anxiety of new experiences, learning that bicycles do no harm, that traffic noise can be tolerated, and that every rock or oddly colored bush does not need to be shied away from before they become that seasoned trail mount.

So how do we help our horses become more confident on the trail, and how should you react when your horse becomes anxious?

The challenge is that every situation will be unique, but in this video I will explain the principles of increasing you and your horse’s confidence as well as how to ride through two spooky scenarios – first when needing to pass something your horse fears and second when your horse is afraid of something moving – traffic, a bicycle, or a loose dog, for example.

Click play to watch the video below!

*The helmet cam images in this video are from my Training Journals program. Click Here to learn more about Training Journals.

**You can also get a Free Year of Training Journals with The Balanced Riding Course. Join the Workshop Starting Soon

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