Fred Mau, owner of Trail
Horses of the WEST, subjects his pleasure-mounts-in-training
to all sorts of horse-unfriendly environmental hazards when
he gets them ready for clients, usually empty-nesters who
always wanted to ride.
He calls it "Real Life
Training", and it includes introducing the horse to hazards
of the trail - streams, bridges, fallen trees, wildlife -
and hazards of modern life. The modern life hazards include
shopping malls, car alarms, splashing fountains, you name
it. He uses more experienced horses to help calm the less
experienced ones. He insists that his clients spend quite a
bit of "quality time" with the horses they are considering
before trailering them home. Result? Happy campers, on both
horse and human turf.