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post #11 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 01:50 AM
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Great pics!! Heelsdown I love the horse in your avatar!

Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #12 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 02:10 AM
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Great pics!! Heelsdown I love the horse in your avatar!
thank you! I just found the pic on a google search. I've always had a thing for the golden palominos.
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post #13 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Aw, he's so pretty! I love chestnuts! haha. What breed is he? Glad you two had fun.
Thanks! He's an Appendix and is technically a red dun.

We had a great time, and I hope to someday have the guts to let him run, but for right now, we are working on slow, calm and relaxed. He gets amped up really fast, so I don't want him to learn that every time we are out of an area he can go charging around. Plus, since it's a regional park, there are all kinds of people out riding horses, biking, and walking dogs off leash. Too many unknowns for now. Some day though!! Having a trailer is so awesome. I felt very self-sufficient!
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post #14 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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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!
I totally agree! He was much better behaved than when we have gone out with others. Plus like someone else mentioned, you aren't at the mercy of what the others want to do. (Run when you want to walk, or walk when you want to run.) All you're responsible for is you!
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post #15 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 05:49 PM
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Thanks! He's an Appendix and is technically a red dun.

We had a great time, and I hope to someday have the guts to let him run, but for right now, we are working on slow, calm and relaxed. He gets amped up really fast, so I don't want him to learn that every time we are out of an area he can go charging around. Plus, since it's a regional park, there are all kinds of people out riding horses, biking, and walking dogs off leash. Too many unknowns for now. Some day though!! Having a trailer is so awesome. I felt very self-sufficient!
Aw, I love Appendixs<3 Really? That's awesome!

I made that mistake with my first horse, lol, all he wanted to do was run, run and run.-.- thankfully it didn't take them long to learn to just stay at a walk and have a nice relaxing ride. haha.


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post #16 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 06:25 PM
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I used to trail ride solo with my cousins horse but I always told some where I was going too
I always went on the same trail

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post #17 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 06:36 PM
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Congrats on the first solo trail ride! Isn't it so relaxing? In between college classes I try to get a quick solo trail ride in with the horse and dog, I come back smelling like horse but soooo worth it!

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post #18 of 22 Old 02-15-2012, 08:52 PM
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Gorgeous horse, glad you had fun! I take a lot of solo rides I think it's a great confidence builder for you and your horse. It teaches your horse to relax away from his pasture buddies and trust you. I like that I can set my own pace, no worries about playing catch up to someone else that wants to go like a speed demon across the field when I'm not in the mood to race. Those relaxing solo rides sometimes are the best!
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post #19 of 22 Old 02-16-2012, 10:29 PM
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Mickey, can you send me some of that dry nice weather? I am so ready to get out and ride. It's been so wet and nasty here.
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post #20 of 22 Old 02-16-2012, 11:04 PM
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Glad the two of you had fun. I love his halter!

You are never better than anyone. Every rider has skills they need to improve. The only one you must compare yourself with, is you.
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