Trail Tip of the Week: Hitting The Spot
Pleasurehorse.com is very excited to bring you new training tips from various professionals in various events. Much like the Dana’s Training Tip of the Day by Dana Hokana, these will be quick tips sharing how you can improve your performance in Trail, Horsemanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, and Western Riding.
Trail can be one of the most fun events, but also provides a fair-share of tricky situations and is not for the faint of heart. The popularity of trail has exploded in the past decade, and trail patterns are becoming more complex, and the quality of competition strengthens year after year.
Working with APHA trainer, Blake Carney of Carney Performance Horses, Pleasurehorse.com first brought you his expertise in the 2015 March issue of Show Horse Today, “Hitting The Trail,” where he gave invaluable advice on making the most of the trail warm-up pen. Now, he provides Pleasurehorse.com with great tips to take with you as you navigate your next course.
August 21, 2015- Hitting the Spot
The key for me is to pay more attention to where I want my horse’s feet to be, not the actual pole. Your goal is to place your horse’s feet BEFORE the pole, not on top of it. Finding the spot before the pole where you want to depart from will serve you much better than looking at the pole!
July 7, 2015- Teach Your Horse That There’s No Rush
Knowing your path and stride helps prevent rushing through obstacles. If you miss your rhythm, your horse might have to rush through just to save you! Rather than making sure you can do a ton of obstacles, set some obstacles out and do them one at a time. Treat the poles like they aren’t even there. In other words, set your horse’s rhythm so they basically can’t miss the poles, like they aren’t even there! I also stop and stand a lot after an obstacle or during the obstacle when it comes to gates, backthroughs, and sidepasses. Teach them that “they don’t have anywhere to be!”
Blake Carney specializes in APHA all-around events and is the owner and operator of Carney Performance Horses in Rome, Georgia. He has trained numerous Youth and Amateur winners in PtHA and APHA events at a state, regional, and national level.