Continuing on from Monday's post, I would like to give some tips for amateur trail riding. It is often more beneficial to grain your horse out on the trail than at home to help barn-sour horses. If the horse tries to go home faster, turn him around after an eighth of a mile and ride him back to the spot you grained him and give him some more grain. You can repeat this several times on a daily ride. This could fix your horse from wanting to get home in a hurry. It is so much fun watching the horse change his mind and reconsider his options.
Another tip is to always walk your horse home. Do not trot and canter. Many beginning trail riders enjoy playing ‘pony express rider’ on their ride home but it builds up bad habits in the horse to allow the horse to run home as well as to build bad habits in yourself.