Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I also want to say, that I rarely give a time I'll be back from a solo trail ride. I don't figure out which trails I'm going on until I get to the point of choosing to continue on the main trail or go on another. I normally tell my mum that if she calls 5 times and I don't answe to wait another 10 to call again, and if I still don't answer to send someone out for me. I'll go down the trail chatting on my phone with someone if it's important if I'm on Lucky, but I'll stop Fancy and talk if I'm on her. I trust her to stand like a rock if something happens, but I don't trust her not to fly sideways or take off down the trail if something happens while she's moving.
If you do tell someone how long you'll be out, add 10 minutes or so onto how long you plan to take, or have them call you before they come out to search for you. Or call them before the time you're suppose to be back and let them know the change in plans an however much longer you're going to take. I know I get paranoid that something happened if someone isn't 5 minutes early or exactly on time, and I'd rather not be freaking out throwing tack on my horse to frantically run out to the trails only to find out they walked a little slower and took an extra 20 minutes without telling me, ya know?
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