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post #1 of 22 Old 02-14-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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First solo trail ride

Hi everybody! Over the past few months, I've gotten my truck and trailer situation together, and have been working with Mickey on new experiences (like that ever ends ). Anyway, yesterday I decided I wanted to ride and couldn't scrape together a buddy, so decided to go myself. Before I get yelled at for going solo, I wore my helmet, brought my cell phone, and told 2 different people where I was going so they knew to send reinforcements if I failed to return Here are some pix. We had a GREAT time and he was VERY good!!
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post #2 of 22 Old 02-14-2012, 08:31 PM
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Good job. Solo riding is a great way to bond with your horse. He has to trust you and you have to trust him.
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post #3 of 22 Old 02-14-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks mildot! I definitely felt him listening to me more. He'd flick an ear at a fallen cactus or rock or whatnot and he never even hesitated if I gave him a little stronger leg contact. We were having a very quiet conversation the whole way and it was very cool.
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post #4 of 22 Old 02-14-2012, 09:02 PM
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If I wasn't so far away, I'd buddy up on a ride , anytime!
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post #5 of 22 Old 02-14-2012, 10:06 PM
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Awesome! Looks like it was a gorgeous day for riding too!
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post #6 of 22 Old 02-14-2012, 10:30 PM
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Aw, he's so pretty! I love chestnuts! haha. What breed is he? Glad you two had fun.
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post #7 of 22 Old 02-14-2012, 10:38 PM
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Solo rides are the best things ever sometimes. I always explore new trails when I go out with Rebel, run around like mad, just for no apparant reason other than fun. It's hard to really do what you want when you have friends who don't want to do the same thing sometimes!

So glad you have fun, Mickey is lookin' great!
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #8 of 22 Old 02-14-2012, 11:11 PM
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good for you
looks like you had fun
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post #9 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 12:20 AM
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What fun! And a very handsome horse!

I am jealous of your trailer though! One day I'll get one too.
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post #10 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 12:45 AM
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Congrats on your first ride!

Honestly, I prefer riding alone. I think before the days of cell phones, and the Findmespot satellite locator, people could go out alone and get hurt and nobody could find them so riding alone was dangerous.
These days, if you have your gadgets and tell someone where you are going, you'll be fine. Especially if you trust your horse. Riding a green horse would be a different story.

IMO, being with other riders can often lead to a fall because someone else's horse spooks and then yours follows or they cause an issue and you get hurt anyway,lol. So I don't see riding alone as being any more dangerous necessarily.

Glad you had fun!
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