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        10-06-2013, 09:01 AM
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    I don't think I've been out in a group bigger than 6 ever.
         
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        10-06-2013, 09:21 AM
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    Green Broke
    My question is, where do you park several thousand trucks with trailers?
         
        10-06-2013, 10:03 AM
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    Weanling
    I'm not a tree hugger by any means but a group that large, even if spread out seems like it would have quite an environmental impact.
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        10-06-2013, 10:22 AM
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    Weanling
    I go to Loretta Lynn ride in Hurricane Mills, TN every June and there are typically several hundred riders there. The ride lasts 6 days & there is an entire city of trailers and trucks. The rides are classified as "slow, medium, and fast" with full or half day options. They all leave at the same time in the morning but go different directions, so we typically didn't run into riders not in our group. Usually around 40-50 in the medium half day ride...well run, same trail guides for years that are good at their job and entertaining. I see many of the same faces year to year & it's almost like a big reunion. Not my usual thing, I generally ride with a few friends or alone, but it's the one BIG organized ride I go on yearly & I love it
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        12-17-2013, 09:59 AM
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    Foal
    No more than 10 riders is ideal

    I just attended a guided trai ride with 20 people and it was too large. Its better to segment the ride by riders with similar abilities as the beginners slowed things down too much.
         
        12-17-2013, 10:37 AM
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    Geesh, if we have a crew of even four, we either go off separately or pair up by working skills.

    I agree the environmental impact would be bad.

    The ride I went on in Ireland limited the groups to eight and changed their route weekly so as not to make permanent marks on the land.
         
        12-17-2013, 09:02 PM
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    Weanling
    Well, the older I get, and the more time I spend with my horse on trails alone, the less I like people....lololol..... so I prefer alone, or with a small group of like minded adults and cold beer(s).

    I have also learned never to say never.
         
        02-08-2014, 01:24 PM
      #28
    Foal
    I am with Joe4d. People are responsible for themselves and their horse. We have 15-20 on almost every ride, sometimes more. We have folks that have never ridden come along, they are fun to watch, and folks that have ridden all their lives. We have kids from seven on up. We started are two boys when they were in dippers. All that being said it is usually more enjoyable with folks that know what they are doing. However, everyone has got to learn some how. On big rides you are usually only around the few folks in front of you and the few folks behind, once the ride gets stated. Those are usually the ones you are with. It would be a sight to see that is for sure. I can see where it could be bad and where it could be enjoyable. I have been on rides with folks I have not wanted to be around, I just ride on up the line until I find those I want to ride with, problem solved. LOL Just my opinion.
         
        02-08-2014, 01:25 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Where and when is this ride?
         
        02-08-2014, 01:35 PM
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    Foal
    I enjoy riding alone most of all, but my horse likes to have a few buddies. More than 3 is too many. If there are so many the parking must be a nightmare and the last one through must be walking in a lot of either mud or dust, not to mention horse apples.
         

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