The American Quarter Horse JournalJune 3, 2014
In the June issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal, Lynn discusses how she introduces her horses to obstacles commonly found in AQHA Trail Challenge courses. (Credit: Journal)
Riding outdoors helps show horses in a number of ways. It keeps their minds fresh, and natural obstacles and terrain keep their bodies fit.
“When you build the confidence with them outside, you’ve got what you need when you go in an arena,” says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lynn Palm.
Whether it’s a seasoned recreational trail horse or a show-pen star, horses can get recognition via AQHA Trail Challenges, which were launched in 2012. These events offer organized competitions and merits that go on the horses’ permanent AQHA records.
Lynn regularly hosts Trail Challenges, which consist of six to 16 obstacles, at her Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida.
In the June issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal, Lynn discusses how she introduces her horses, and how she helps riders introduce their horses, to obstacles commonly found in Trail Challenge courses. In “Riding to the Challenge,” Lynn focuses on:
“Horses hate drilling, and that includes working repeated circles or always working in the arena,” Lynn says.
Don’t be afraid to leave that arena after a bit of training, she adds. And introducing Trail Challenge obstacles is the perfect avenue to freshen a horse.
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If print is more of your style, order a single print copy from 800-291-7323 so you don’t miss out on the great advice offered in “Rising to the Challenge” in the June Journal.
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