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Perfect Pony
Mar. 21, 2008, 11:56 AM
So is there a clique on here for trail riders who ride warmbloods? Anyone else who bought a horse bred to be a jumper or dressage horse that you juts know wants to be a trail horse?

I am seriously thinking of giving up on my aspirations to event and seeing if my mare would rather hit some long trail rides. I might buy a western saddle this week and just hit the road.

My mare is a coming 6 year old Hanoverian, but only 15.2 hands tall, short coupled, and everything thinks she is an arab or morgan cross anyway.

Anyone else have a non-traditional trail horse breed, that seems to look at the hills in the distance longingly?

Reiter
Mar. 21, 2008, 12:08 PM
Hi Perfectpony! Where do you live? I have Warmbloods that I go on the trails with. It's not their main job though, it's more a time off from their main job to relax. I'm one of those crazy Dressage riders that thinks trail-riding (and jumping) will actually make for a better Dressage horse! ;)
I use my Dressage or All-purpose saddles for trail-riding. On some of the longer rides, 4+ hrs, my butt does get sore but oh does my mind feel good! :)

ChocoMare
Mar. 21, 2008, 12:08 PM
I have the ultimate "non-traditional" trail horse: a Clydesdale/Standardbred cross! :winkgrin:

Go for it. No pressure. No judges. No trainer. Just you, the horse and God's creation. It don't get much better than that :D

Oh, and don't feel the need for a western saddle if you don't want. I ride in a loffly deep A/P english saddle. Much more comfy for me. :)

AZ Native
Mar. 21, 2008, 12:32 PM
Your horse is a great size and should be pretty handy on trails. I have a coming 4 Trakhener that I plan to ride on trails, do dressage , and even chase cows with now and then. He's 15 3 right now, hoping he doesn't grow to much more. Have fun with your pony !

Perfect Pony
Mar. 21, 2008, 12:36 PM
I am down in the East Bay, but have a friend in the foothills and hope to get up there to ride once GG gets herself together.

I would love to chat with you sometime Reiter, as we are thinking of buying property in Somerset! (We are looking at Grass Valley, Cool and Somerset for our - hopefully - vacation and eventual retirement property!). My husband and I ride motorcycles out off Omo Ranch Road around PiPi and do a lot of camping in that area, maybe sometime I can drag the horse and trail ride while he goes out on the bike?

I would love to hear more about the area.

Oh, and the western saddle. My mare has a spin on her. She's a good girl and very brave and outgoing, but the only time I fell off is when she spooked and spun around like a reining horse. So, I am buying a western saddle!

ChocoMare
Mar. 21, 2008, 12:39 PM
Oh, and the western saddle. My mare has a spin on her. She's a good girl and very brave and outgoing, but the only time I fell off is when she spooked and spun around like a reining horse. So, I am buying a western saddle!

Aha! Yeah, that would do it for me too! :yes: :winkgrin:

BigHorseLittleHorse
Mar. 21, 2008, 01:32 PM
I had to retire my eventer from competition due to injury (warmblood cross), and we spent many years trail riding before I had to retire him for real. He absolutely loved it, and with his long stride, he could outpace nearly everyone I rode with :)

prudence
Mar. 21, 2008, 01:36 PM
My Duncan (25 yr old Hanoverian upper level dressage horse) took to endurance like a duck to water. We did our last 50 miler when he was 23 yrs old (a hard, hot one too - Gold Country) and usually finished in the middle of the pack. You can see us there if you go to COMH under Prudence, or my user description here too. The vets used to comment on his great recoveries; he almost always was down below 60 on coming into rest stops. He does have a heart murmur but some of the best endurance Arabs do too; I was told 1/3 of endurance horses have them.

Go for it! There are 3 Hanos registered with AERC (all mine) and I would love to see more.

PS Watch out for those low branches on the trails while riding your tall horses. Duncan is 17 hands and almost 1200 lbs when he is in "racing" condition. And absolutely HATES the arena now!

Huntersmom
Mar. 21, 2008, 01:40 PM
Small world! I used to live in the Bay Area and I had a super huge ShireXTB that my friends used to think I was crazy to trail ride with. lol I rode her in my jumper saddle and while we were out had fun jumping logs and other things. I also used to be crazy and jump in and out of the arena with her. I had a blast with my mare. I say go for it! You two will have so much fun.

Perfect Pony
Mar. 21, 2008, 04:56 PM
So when are all of us getting together to go trail riding here in Northern California then?? My friend "Pocket Pony" wants to go on a trail ride, where would be a nice place to ride somewhere around Sacramento?

I really want to do some horse camping too :)

I have been eying a bunch of threads about saddles, there seem to be a lot of inexpensive, good trail saddles out there. What saddles seem to fit your warmbloods best? So far it seems like GG fits best in a Arab tree.

Equibrit
Mar. 21, 2008, 05:19 PM
It's a surprise to me that, somehow, a horse knows what we call him and will react accordingly! Do you think all Hanoverians have this secret wish?

Perfect Pony
Mar. 21, 2008, 05:23 PM
Do you think all Hanoverians have this secret wish?

I don't know! I DO know that mine does. There is a 100 acre pasture behind the barn that one day the trainer took her out hacking on. Ever since then she tries to drag me towards the gate to the pasture, as if to say "please mom, can we go for a trail ride?"

To be honest, I think horses were bred to be out in the open, and to roam. I imagine trail riding closely resembles that natural instinct much more than sitting in a stall and running in circles.

Pocket Pony
Mar. 21, 2008, 05:29 PM
PePo I'm not stalking you, I swear! I just saw this thread and so decided to start a "get-together" thread for all us NorCal-ers!

I don't have a WB so can't join in the WB party, but would love to have GG come up and join us!

Reiter
Mar. 21, 2008, 06:07 PM
I am down in the East Bay, but have a friend in the foothills and hope to get up there to ride once GG gets herself together.

I would love to chat with you sometime Reiter, as we are thinking of buying property in Somerset! (We are looking at Grass Valley, Cool and Somerset for our - hopefully - vacation and eventual retirement property!). My husband and I ride motorcycles out off Omo Ranch Road around PiPi and do a lot of camping in that area, maybe sometime I can drag the horse and trail ride while he goes out on the bike?

I would love to hear more about the area.

Oh, and the western saddle. My mare has a spin on her. She's a good girl and very brave and outgoing, but the only time I fell off is when she spooked and spun around like a reining horse. So, I am buying a western saddle!

Hey, my neighbors place has been for sale for a while (bad time for selling, good time for buying)! :)
I ride a lot in the national forest/logging property up off of Omo Ranch Rd. It's absolutely beautiful, but unfortunately they have been doing a lot of logging up there lately! I also love Sly Park Lake and the area up there. Would love to get together! :)

BaileyTW
Mar. 22, 2008, 03:25 PM
I ride a friend's mare occasionally that she has given up on in the aspect of makeing her into a dressage horse. A big TB x Oldenberg mare, GORGEOUS, huge movement, but hates "work". She tried for years to get her as a dressage horse, but she was a terror in the ring, bucking, throwing fits, finally she said "FINE!" and now the horse is a happy (and flashy) trail mount! I think she would have LOVED going cross country though, if she were a little younger. the mare is about 16 or 17, I think.

saddleup
Mar. 22, 2008, 05:31 PM
I have a very good friend who trail rides with me on either her Trakhener, or one of her two Oldenberg geldings when she hits the trails. They are her eventing mounts, but their "mental health" days are spent trail riding. Pretty funny to see a 17.2hh horse out there with the rest of us on our little 15.1hh QH and Paints, but her horses are stellar on the trail.

Perfect Pony
Mar. 22, 2008, 06:42 PM
I have a huge update today! I got a saddle! :) Not only that, but I braved the BIG HILL behind the barn in it. You can see this BIG HILL in this picture behind GG's big nose
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2680663540052562123yUUwnV

It was so nice. She is still pretty bad down hill (there are some steep ones) and she got a little upset when the horses in the pasture started running around, but I felt so much more secure in my western saddle.

It's a used Arab saddle, discontinued now but this is it
http://www.shopatron.com/product/product_id=CIR2131/468.0
The one I got is plain though, just pinstripe tooling, not all the floral stuff. It's pretty damn comfortable and the guy threw in a really nice wool felt pad with a wither cut out.

So I am now ready for the trail!

clint
Mar. 22, 2008, 09:57 PM
Can I go with you if I have a Hanoverian in foal, but ride a QH? The Hano is a very good trail horse, but she is busy at the moment.:winkgrin: PP, how about doing an interim ride before you head for the Sierra foothills? We can get Houserabbitz to bring her Hanoverian, who is a super trailhorse. Are you in Walnut Creek or Martinez now?

Beverley
Mar. 22, 2008, 10:25 PM
I have a dressage reject- Oldenburg QH cross, premium foal, the works, 16.2 hands, 1300 lbs. It was declared early on that he would never go past 4th level, so he was given to me, since he likes to jump.

He doesn't care for dressage, it's true, though if you tell him that if he gives you a good training level test you can go jump, he will happily oblige. But mostly I do trails with him. Usually English, but western if we are packing into the back country. He hobbles, he can be a Really Big pack horse (and is very good at it), stays tied anywhere. I have used him for Pony Express a few times, too. He has a handy feature- can trot a mile in 2.5 minutes- which is useful when we are on paved roads with steep grades, where I realllllly don't want to canter or gallop.

Perfect Pony
Mar. 22, 2008, 10:43 PM
Can I go with you if I have a Hanoverian in foal, but ride a QH? The Hano is a very good trail horse, but she is busy at the moment.:winkgrin: PP, how about doing an interim ride before you head for the Sierra foothills? We can get Houserabbitz to bring her Hanoverian, who is a super trailhorse. Are you in Walnut Creek or Martinez now?

Hey there! I meant to email you directly and tell you that I'm now ready for the trails! Let's definitely get out there soon. I can do any Saturday or Sunday except next weekend (3/29-30) as I am working!! :(

I have GG back out in Briones. I am looking for someone in the area that wants to do the reservoir loop.

clint
Mar. 22, 2008, 10:51 PM
Hey there! I meant to email you directly and tell you that I'm now ready for the trails! Let's definitely get out there soon. I can do any Saturday or Sunday except next weekend (3/29-30) as I am working!! :(

I have GG back out in Briones. I am looking for someone in the area that wants to do the reservoir loop.

I'm good most weekends, although I'll be on foal watch shortly until the Blessed Event. Houserabbitz is usually game for weekends too, so e-mail me; I would love someone to ride with.

Auventera Two
Mar. 23, 2008, 01:44 PM
Aha! Yeah, that would do it for me too! :yes: :winkgrin:

Me too! My Arab is a great little girl but boy can she spin me off. :eek: She's fast as lightning and before I even know what happened I'm sitting in the dirt and she's standing over me. I'm considering buying an australian saddle to use on days when she's particularly amped up.

Cielo Azure
Mar. 23, 2008, 07:06 PM
My Percherons LOVE trail riding. They are stable, willing mounts, who will go long distances, if conditioned. They rarely spook, don't buck or run away and they are brave and smart and LOVE to go out all together, in one big herd of humans and horses. We have taken as many as six or seven out on the trails and it is a blast!

There is nothing like a bunch of Percherons splashing in the local river together! or cantering along a trail! We have had lots of people pull over and tell us they have never seen anything like it and they own horses!

They are safe enough that we can put a bunch of teens on the "mares" and wave good-bye as they head out over the hills.

The only thing is once the temps get really hot, they aren't so happy after a few miles. Then we ride in early morning or evening. However, the winter chill just doesn't bother them at all!

Perfect Pony
May. 20, 2008, 11:43 AM
Hi Everyone! There was such a nice response to this thread that I thought I would post a quick update with pictures. Pocket Pony came down to my house this weekend and we did a bunch of trail riding, GG has been out now about 8 times and is becoming a good little trail pony. I bought her a Arab trail saddle and it has helped me a lot in the confidence department.

Here's a picture of GG the Hanoverian doing her very best Cow Pony impression
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2806315120052562123KYDcXt

And here's a link to some pictures from a couple of our recent adventures
http://pets.webshots.com/album/563109041MBoEqe

It's so great to have such a nice pair to teach us the ropes :)

clint
May. 20, 2008, 11:51 AM
What nice pictures! GG is looking very spiffy, as are all of you. I'm glad to see that all is going so well with trail riding for you and GG.:D

ChocoMare
May. 20, 2008, 11:54 AM
Hi Everyone! There was such a nice response to this thread that I thought I would post a quick update with pictures. Pocket Pony came down to my house this weekend and we did a bunch of trail riding, GG has been out now about 8 times and is becoming a good little trail pony. I bought her a Arab trail saddle and it has helped me a lot in the confidence department.

Here's a picture of GG the Hanoverian doing her very best Cow Pony impression
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2806315120052562123KYDcXt

And here's a link to some pictures from a couple of our recent adventures
http://pets.webshots.com/album/563109041MBoEqe

It's so great to have such a nice pair to teach us the ropes :)

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Miss GG looks quite content and your smile says it all. Ain't it great?! :cool:

Perfect Pony
May. 20, 2008, 11:58 AM
Thanks clint! And I WILL get over there soon for Mt Diablo (and to see your baby!!!). I was out of town, then interviewing most of last week, then PoPo came down and just left yesterday. I will email you separately and see what we can work out.

Funny thing is I have zero desire to show anymore (which is good now that I am unemployed as well and could not afford it if I wanted). There's just nothing better than a mosey down the trail for me.

Pocket Pony
May. 20, 2008, 11:58 PM
PePo!!! I love the pictures! GG is a superstar and Miles is always happy to go out with her. One of these days we'll get to Cool! :D

Simbalism
May. 21, 2008, 01:40 AM
My non-traditional trail horse is a TB(chestnut mare at that). She was trained as a show hunter and did fairly well at it. She topped out at 15.2 and 1/2 hands. She's now my old lady horse and we try many activities including a recent western riding lesson. Our favorite activity lately is trail riding. We do lots of different types of day rides including Poker Rides. We have tried some moonlight rides, we go camping and weekends away with friends at horsie b&b's. We went for a weekend camping ride a few weeks ago and she even tied up well to a tree so I could eat my lunch. In two weeks, we are going with some friend's to the mountains to a b&b for a fun horsie weekend. I'm sure we'll do at least one moonlight ride, take advantage of the dressage, indoor and jumping rings as well as the cross country course and trails.

twofatponies
May. 22, 2008, 12:22 AM
My old dressage horse (Hanoverian/QH) is now my husband's trail horse - dressage saddle and all. She loves to go out in company (not so happy alone, though she'll do it). She is semi-retired due to various old injuries and arthritis, and doesn't hold up to ring work, but is happy to wander the trails, with the occasional canter or low jump thrown in. It keeps her fit without stressing her joints (our trails are mostly grassy paths and farm roads in rolling countryside, nothing too rugged).

MR
May. 22, 2008, 02:53 AM
Ooh, me too, me too!

Just getting into the trail thing (h/j, here) but my guy LUVS it. I think he's getting spoiled... He seems to really like our trail-ride days. (don't want him to love it too much - jumping is too fun!)

We're going up to Hiskens to try eventing fences for the first time in June. Looking to do some horse camping this summer and try the "wilderness" out...!!!

Giomanach
May. 22, 2008, 05:08 AM
My new gelding is an non-traditional trail mount...He's a TB and is 17.0hh and 1,200lbs.

Every time i go out trail riding i get asked what breed he is and how tall is he...the persons eyes goes wide in amazement for few seconds and after they come out their shock....i get asked how i get on him..i tell them i get on him like i do my 15.1hh QH or their little 14.3hh Arab but just with a little more effort and oomph added.


Scooter(my gelding) is an ex-racer but ever since coming off the track he's been a western horsie and doing lots of trail riding so hitting the trails is nothing new to him.

He's also going to my dad's mount(when i'm not riding him) since my other gelding refuses to tote him around longer then 15 minutes.


Scooter is big and tall and not the most common of breed on trails but is a great trail mount!

Pocket Pony
May. 22, 2008, 11:13 PM
We're going up to Hiskens to try eventing fences for the first time in June. Looking to do some horse camping this summer and try the "wilderness" out...!!!


You'll love Hiskens! The horses like it a lot - there are jumps for every level, the footing is great on the grass (the sand arena can be hard in the summer), the camping is fun. It will be a great experience for you guys!! :D

IrishKharma
May. 23, 2008, 09:39 AM
That hill looks like lots of fun. Cute mare too by the way.

I hope you enjoy riding her out there- much more fun than riding around in circles.

I've always been the queen of strange breeds of horses doing things they arent' "suppose" to do. I barrel raced an arab, I did trails on a Irish Draught, and now I have a dutch harness horse/arab X I am training for endurance.

Slaters_mom
May. 27, 2008, 01:27 PM
So I can officially count myself among the ranks of warmblood trail horse owners! This weekend my 3yo Oldenburg filly went on her first 2 trail rides! She went out for a short loop Sunday and a longer one Monday. She was so amazing; crossed the river and the train tracks without a hitch! I am such a proud mommy! I think we are going to make the trails our number one priority since she is too young to jump yet! Plus it is great for thier minds and bodies!
:D

KatherineC
May. 27, 2008, 02:45 PM
I have a 9 yo Hanoverian gelding that I ride dressage with. He is an excellent trail horse and I think he prefers it to anything else we do. I took him to Northern Florida this winter and spent a week riding with Tom Curtin at his ranch. We went out on really long rides and worked through quite a few issues on these rides. The countryside was beautiful and there where times we would trot for miles, which gave us the opportunity to work on our medium trot etc.

We even attempted to rope a few cows. It turns out that my horse who spooks and can get very silly in the arena is a very brave trail horse. It was the hands down best thing I have ever done with my horse and I am going back again next year. Tom was knowledgable about dressage and made things make sense to folks who spend most of their time in another discipline.

I even bought a Western saddle. While I love my dressage saddle (Prestige), the western saddle offers me much more security if things get interesting on the trail. I don't know who feels more "out of sorts" in the Western saddle, me or my horse, but it does the job!!

This is my first post on this BB. I have read it for years. I would put a picture up of us with the cows, but I don't know how.