Originally Posted by GeeGee Gem
Wow you guys, you make it sound like you're riding into a blizzard or something ?
I ride alone most times without a second thought. I guess it depends if you're out in the wilderness really but the most important thing is knowing that your horse is safe enough for you to take him out alone.
Be sensible and not reckless and then you shouldn't have need for any of the above.
You may ride out alone without second thought now.. but you don't once something unexpected happens.
I came off Dream, who is a seasoned endurance horse and as close to bombproof as they get, on trail after a herd of deer burst out of the bushes as we were trotting along and 3 of them literally crashed into her side, knocking her clean off her feet. I was flung into the brush a few feet away.
Luckily for us both, neither of us were seriously hurt (though I had some impressive rock-rash and bruises and my tights were ruined). However, that accident could have had a very different outcome had I landed in a slightly different place or in a different way. Or even if Dream decided she was going home without me instead of waiting!
Accidents are accidents because they are unplanned. I had been riding over familiar trails and had bells on (always train in them to make both wildlife and other trail users aware of us). We had been that way probably 100s of times with no problems. But all it took was once.