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post #1 of 10 Old 05-02-2014, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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I know you are going to give me a hard time for this one...Horse ran with me

Hi Guys,

Listen I know you are going to give me lots of flac and critique for this, but i would like to share and find out your opinions. . . So yes I am preparing myself for your replies. I know that everyone on this forum loves giving criticism as i see in all other posts, but this forum is here for help right?

So I have my horse for little more than a month and only started riding him recently, AND yes I have a trainer helping YES I have a trainer looking out for me and teaching me etc...but at the end of the day it's you on your horse and thats it.

Got on my horse, he's a good boy and very relaxed, doesn't spook a lot. My other younger horse (2 year old) was also out grazing and I walked past him. No worries, but as soon as my young horse saw us, he started running and fast... then my horse starting bolting after him, really fast! And I knew that i couldn't try to stop him now. Youngster kept on speeding up the pasture, and this is when i started enjoying the ride , he was at full gallop (my first full gallop with him) and we did hit one stray tree branch. When he started slowing down I pushed him to go faster again. At least I did not fall off...

Eventually we stopped, and even though i got some scrapes and scratches from a thorn tree branch, i was okay and really enjoyed my first run, it was awesome!

But my concern here is... why they were acting silly and running off chasing each other like that. I had no control over the situation and this bothers me, I know that I don't have 100% bond with my horse yet, because I only have him for little more than a month. What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-02-2014, 06:50 AM
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That is exactly the reason you don't ride in a pasture of loose horses. When one runs, they all run. That is due to their instincts. They don't wait to figure out why the other is running. They just run too to get away from the possible danger even if there wasn't any. If they didn't, they would be the predators meal even if it was an imaginary predator.

Only if you are riding a fairly well trained horse that is used to being around other running horses, such as in herding the other horses, should you ride with loose horses.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-02-2014, 07:00 AM
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^^^ This. The only horse of ours I consistently ride in our pasture with the others loose is our 20 year old penner. For riding any of the others, I'll put the loose ones up in a pen or other pasture.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-02-2014, 08:04 AM
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So, I'll have to agree that it's a risky thing to do and it would be pretty stupid to make a habit of doing it, you'd just be tempting the odds of an accident happening, but...

Running is exhilarating, of course. And chasing horses is very exciting. Glad you got to experience a good gallop. Now you know what that is like.

It's even cooler when you have a purpose and at a controlled gallop.

As to why? It's play. To the one who was loose, it was enough that something new was going on. To yours, it was enough that a pasture mating was buzzing him. They do this when loose, too.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-02-2014, 06:24 PM
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When I'm riding in our small ring and a couple horses are loose on the property grazing, I always hate when they take off running for whatever reason. Just the sound of their hooves makes my girl pick her head up and speed those feet up too. So distracting!

Silly horses...
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-02-2014, 10:42 PM
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I have always wanted to go bounding, which is kind of like this but on purpose!
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-03-2014, 10:03 AM
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This is not a good thing. You were lucky that horse didn't stumble, or take you into or under trees, to where you got knocked off, or worse.

A horse running at speed, can easily go down into hole too, and end up with a broken leg, or neck.

But it is exhilarating, but just don't do it again should be your mantra now.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-03-2014, 12:42 PM
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Did you want more flak? or was that enough?

just kidding. I think the fact that you could turn it into an enjoyable experience was a good thing. but, being surprised about it shows a bit of a lack of understanding of horse nature, which was pointed out by several HF members. not so awful, was that?
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-03-2014, 01:38 PM
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When I was a kid, my friends & I used to go into her neighbors pasture that had a herd of ponies. We would climb trees & jump down on the ponies back and gallop with the herd. We occasionally fell off, but it was fun, fun, fun! Nowadays, our parents would be arresting for letting kids be unsupervised and doing dangerous things!
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-04-2014, 06:09 PM
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Well, it happened, so considering the circumstances I think you did the best thing by not trying to stop him. If you had tried and couldn't stop, he might have learned he could run away with you. By riding it out and pushing him when he tried to slow, I think you turned the situation into "we're having fun on purpose and it's my idea," rather than "you ran away with me." I definitely wouldn't have had that instinct, so applause to you!

In the future I'd avoid riding around your baby while you work on making sure you have total control. As the others said, it's probably not a great idea in general to ride with loose horses, but if it were me, I'd want to give it my best effort to make it safe instead of just avoiding it because I know I'd want the freedom to ride around my other horses if I had more than one :)
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