Nebraska Endurance &

Competitive Trail Ride Association

It's one thing to just cover the miles, but to be great (and safe!) on the trail you need to develop a partnership and reliable communication with your horse. Practicing for obstacles develops the relationship and trust, as well as prepares us for things we may encounter along the trail or in camp. 

What are things you can practice at home to prepare yourself and your horse? 

From the ground:

Trot in hand

Longe in hand

Reverse direction of longe

Mount with horse remaining still

Dismount with horse remaining still

Off side mount with horse remaining still

Off side dismount with horse remaining still

Mount from any object (mounting block, picnic table, rock, log)

Back between two objects

Back uphill

Back around an object

Side pass

Allow strangers to pick up their feet and rub and push all over them

Stand calm for 10 minutes (around other horses!)

Load into a strange trailer



While Mounted:

Back between two objects

Back uphill

Back around an object

Side pass

Step over a large log, stop and stand for a count of 10 

Walk cleanly over a set of limbs or logs

Step horse's front feet onto ledge, stop and stand

Dismount onto an object and remount

Side pass over a log, both directions

Open and close a gate

Walk over a bridge

Turn on the forequarters

Turn on the hindquarters

Walk up hill (no rushing)

Walk down hill (no rushing)

Stop on an incline and tie a ribbon on limb

Trot for 10 minutes without stopping

Trot a figure eight

Trot, stop when told

Trot over logs without breaking stride

Canter with a designated lead

Canter, stop when told

Cross water

Back into water

Go down the side of a deep ravine

Go up the side of a deep ravine

Drag a large limb

Pony another horse

Put on and take off a rain coat