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    03-30-2013, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by toto    
When we did our usual sunday trail rides it wasnt over 30 horses-- when its over 15 its not a trail ride anymore-- it turns more into a horizontal marching ride with more horizontal lines behind eachother. The only fun in that is drinking or watching the drunks almost fall out of their seats, lol.

If I'd have had coffee at desk..you would owe me a keyboard.

That was great!
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    03-30-2013, 08:43 AM
  #12
Weanling
That's not a ride, that's a moving city.

I'm laughing because I'm thinking about the quirkiness of horses and the little pissing matches and grudges and declarations horses instantly relay to one another.

And then there's who likes to walk first, who doesn't like another horse behind them, which horse likes to kick back or speed up on all the horses in front which can start some discontent.....

And that's just the horses.

Visualizing a giant movement like that makes me giggle. It's got to be fun at least to watch. Ride in? I don't know... I might though. Just once, for the experience.
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    03-30-2013, 09:01 AM
  #13
Green Broke
If you are talking about Eminance, I would never go, But I know lots of people that would not miss it.
I have heard some horror stories,
People that don't know anything about horses, buy a horse on Friday night at the auction, ride the p out of it all week, don't have a clue how to take care of it and sell it at the auction at the end of the ride.
Despite signs at every river crossing warning people to take off their tie downs, a few horses still drown every year.
People overheating their horses then not taking care of them.
I could go on and on.
Of course all of this happens every day all over the place, having that many people and that many horses in one area, I don't like being around that many people with out horses, much less with.
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    03-30-2013, 11:11 AM
  #14
Yearling
3-4 riders max! We don't ride in groups. We camp with a group every year. We all do our own rides out when we want and whatever trail we want. Our idea of trail riding is moving along at our own pace, enjoying the sights, stopping for a photo...whatever we want to do.
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    03-30-2013, 11:37 AM
  #15
Weanling
Oh my... that is crazy. Even though it might be some good bucks if offered by a trail riding company... it is just not safe and no fun for the horses and riders! I offer trail rides and the max. I take is 5 people in one group! I would not have any fun in my job as a trail guide with more riders! It is so much more fun, you can actually talk to the people and keep an eye on every horse and rider and correct them so that they might even learn something about horses and riding! Would NEVER EVER go on a trail ride with more than 10 people! That's crazy in my opinion!
     
    03-30-2013, 04:09 PM
  #16
Weanling
The maximum number I've gone our with is 80 and 10 of those were tails,flanks, and leaders. Usually I go out with less than 30 with assistance and if I'm going to be the only one taking them out then its 10-15. If it was a competition then I'd understand triple digits but never a 'fun' ride. Although I suppose if there was enough room for all the horses to go, like in the desert or an open area then I don't see a problem if it were maintained and managed properly.
     
    03-30-2013, 07:25 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Island Horselover    
Oh my... that is crazy. Even though it might be some good bucks if offered by a trail riding company... it is just not safe and no fun for the horses and riders! I offer trail rides and the max. I take is 5 people in one group! I would not have any fun in my job as a trail guide with more riders! It is so much more fun, you can actually talk to the people and keep an eye on every horse and rider and correct them so that they might even learn something about horses and riding! Would NEVER EVER go on a trail ride with more than 10 people! That's crazy in my opinion!
You're making assumptions of that which you know not.

Although there may be 2 or 3 hundred peopel at the ride, they are spread out over 18 miles of trail with several hours between ride groups. Most are going a similar QH walking pace so you dotn really interact directly with more than whats in your group,
     
    03-30-2013, 08:10 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
You're making assumptions of that which you know not.

Although there may be 2 or 3 hundred peopel at the ride, they are spread out over 18 miles of trail with several hours between ride groups. Most are going a similar QH walking pace so you dotn really interact directly with more than whats in your group,
Well that is not what it said in the post... anyway it is my opinion and even if they are spread out - I am just saying that I would not be interested at all in a ride like that - others might which is fine but I am not! And as a trail guide I would not be either btw...
     
    03-30-2013, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
If you are talking about Eminance, I would never go, But I know lots of people that would not miss it.
I have heard some horror stories,
People that don't know anything about horses, buy a horse on Friday night at the auction, ride the p out of it all week, don't have a clue how to take care of it and sell it at the auction at the end of the ride.
Despite signs at every river crossing warning people to take off their tie downs, a few horses still drown every year.
People overheating their horses then not taking care of them.
I could go on and on.
Of course all of this happens every day all over the place, having that many people and that many horses in one area, I don't like being around that many people with out horses, much less with.

Bingo. You are right.

All I could think of is how much fun this would NOT be.
     
    10-05-2013, 11:16 AM
  #20
Weanling
I'm going to be honest, more than 4 riders and I get uncomfortable. Me and my horse are very small and very speedy, and he likes to be in front. No one can keep up with us, and so I usually go alone (I know, dangerous, bah blah) and bring a walkie talkie. I have literally finished a trail and be half way back by the time I run into my friends.
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