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        02-28-2013, 09:13 PM
    It depends on what state you are in. For me in California, no, it is illegal to shoot within the city limits of most cities here. I personally wouldn't shoot in the woods, you need a special arrowhead (boardhead) to shoot into trees. Otherwise you runt he risk of breaking your arrows. You could I suppose hang a target from the tree (like in Brave!!), but I personally prefer to shoot into hay. But that's just me. It really depends on your skill level and equipment. Haha, it is true that I don't think your farmers would be super pleased with that. I think you would need special permission to shoot inside a park, but again that depends on what state/city you live in. You can also try contacting the park's ranger and asking for permission or details. No harm in getting info. A river bar might make it hard to shoot with your horse. You can google/craigs list local archery ranges and see if maybe that can help you. I'm SUPER lucky, there is an archery range in a park not 10 miles from my barn. They welcome horse back riders. I have never seen anyone shooting on there on the back of a horse, but you sure as heck can bet that it is in the plans for me to do this year. First and foremost I need to de-sensitize my mare to the bow and/or trail enviorment. We are working on trail this weekend, but I have faith that in a few months we will be out there shooting! (it is also the range I practice on while on the ground). That's another reason that I want to take the clinic with Katie, so I can get tips for both me and my horse so I can do it at home! I'm SO SO SOOOOOOO excited!

    Going back to your problem with where to shoot, is there no open pastures you can take the horses out of for a little while and shoot? Hmm...
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        03-01-2013, 04:11 PM
    One of the things you can do is buy blunts. Makes telling exactly where you hit a bit difficult but no one can accuse you of hunting lol.
    Im fortunate enough to shoot at Katie's. The main thing to consider is where your arrows end up when you miss. The sport can get expensive. Talk to one of your local cow farmers and see if you can shoot on one of the corners of the property. Most folks think its pretty cool and are real helpful. Im guessing there might be a rule against shooting on state land or parks but they might have an archery area. Its worth asking. Also look at local archery ranges many have outdoor ranges.
        03-01-2013, 05:27 PM
    I'm in Northern California. I have been shooting into hay bales, arrows are too expensive to shoot into a tree, my brother learned that one the hard way. Haha. Yeah, forest is probably not a good idea. No, no open pastures that I can think of. Every time I'm driving around I'm looking at every possibility. Haha. I'm not sure whether we have any archery ranges. I know we have an outdoor range for guns, but I've never been up there. Maybe I'll call some archery shops and see if there are any ranges around.
    Oh hey, @ horsearcher, do you have any pictures of Katie's trail course? I have been drooling over the idea of that and longing for pictures! Is it awesome? It sounds awesome!
        03-01-2013, 05:48 PM

    Eventually we chase that ball with blunt arrows, sport is called mogu.
        03-01-2013, 07:00 PM
    Tessa-I'm also in Nor Cal. What city are your from? Maybe I can help you with places I know of!!
        03-02-2013, 12:04 AM
    You are? Nice! I'm in Humboldt County, my horse is in Carlotta.
        03-03-2013, 12:51 PM
    Aww you are to far north of me (about 1 1/2 hr) for me to be of much help. Darn!! But hey, if you ever fix your trailer, I know a great outdoor range is an awesome park that allows horses. I could meet you there and we could practice shooting....and by practice I mean probably loose alot of arrows, hahaha.
        03-03-2013, 03:43 PM
    Aww bummer. Well, I have driven 3 1/2 hours for just a dressage lesson, so I actually might take you up on that when my truck is fixed! That would be so cool to have an actual range to shoot at!!
        03-03-2013, 04:10 PM
    It isn't a "line" riding like you'll see in videos, but it is an open range that anyone can shoot at and horses are allowed anywhere in the park, so I'm certinally going to be trying it soon enough! I've seen a video of Katie just riding her horse around a hale bale and shooting, so I figure this would be fine, haha. And 3 1/2 hours?! My goodness. Hope it was an amazing lesson for that drive!!!!
        03-03-2013, 06:22 PM
    While I'm no expert on shooting off horseback, we are training our horses so we can bowhunt from them.
    Similar to what was posted, we started by tying them up behind us as we shot at a target at 40 yards, the logic being it's enough flight time so the horse can differentiate between the shot and the impact. Being behind us, the noises are a little less sharp than if they were beside us.
    Then, we moved them beside us, about 20 feet from us, again, moderating the noise factors until they got accustomed to it.
    Then, three feet away...
    Honey's horse is doing fine, mine buggers every time.
    Then, hunting season rolled around, the horses weren't ready, so we hunted on foot.
    We'll start back up again later this month, as spring breaks and temps get warm enough to do the training properly.
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