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This was a wonderful day in January where I took a group of ladies trail riding at Latta Plantation in Charlotte, NC.  The weather was beautiful and the temperature zoomed to a warm 70 degrees by mid afternoon.  We were able to ride out to the lake and picnic on an outcropping overlooking the lake and watch riders on another part of the lake walk their horses out into the water.   Everyone had a wonderful time.   This is one trip we will be repeating this fall. 

This is part of what we do here at Baymount Farm.  Not only do we teach people to ride hunt seat, equitation, western or just to trail ride, we also train the horses for the trails in order to have save and fun all day rides.  I am lucky enough to have a wooded area in my back property for training.   We cross creeks, mount and dismount on stumps, go over gravel areas, learn to back uphill, walk over or jump small logs, accomodate hanging vines, trot over poles, open and close gates, walk calmly by scary objects, but much, much more.  We often have running and barking dogs, turkeys flying by when spooked, large equipment next door, or horses in nearby pastures wanting to play.   All these distractions just help in our training efforts to get a horse ready for the trail, so they can be ridden anywhere.    We also have a large pond for training them to go into a lake or cross a river.  The more exposure the quicker the horse becomes accustomed to different areas and the safer they are to ride. 

Take your horse out and have fun, but be safe.  Spring is here, they days are warmer and longer.  It’s the best time of year for training.

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