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    07-26-2010, 07:34 PM
Just back after an amazing ride

I did a "common ride" or common riding today. It's a tradition in the Scottish borders to go and ride out, I think it was originally to look for bandits and border reavers but now it's more of a ritual than anything else. There are multiple ones, different towns have their own common riding.

The one I went on was around 4 hours in the saddle. Walk, trot and then some canter and then some full on gallop as well.

There were a lot of riders, I don't know how many exactly but somewhere well over 100 probably. We were split up into groups for the cantering with around 20 or so in each group to keep things more under control.

The views were fantastic and there were a lot of people watching and cheering us on. Towards the end we went onto a race course and went for full gallop. It was so much fun. I'd never before raced full on like that for that long. The horse I was on (a lesson horse, I don't have a horse of my own) wasn't a particularly fast one but he got me through the ride just fine and went for it on the gallop.

I'm really sore and tired now but happy and I'll definitely do it again next year. But yeah.. walking might be an issue tomorrow, I rarely ride for more than an hour so 4 hours fairly full on is quite a lot for me.

This photo is NOT from the riding I was just on but it sort of shows what it's like, in places anyway

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    07-26-2010, 07:40 PM
Interesting tradition, but so odd - from my perspective, anyway - to see so many people riding in suits & neckties.
    07-26-2010, 07:45 PM
That's why I added the photo. I know there's a lot of western riders here so I figured it'd be interesting to see so many 'dressed up' English riders.

I stuck out a bit because I don't have a riding jacket yet and just wore a black zipped up fleece jacket instead. There are a lot of riders, much more than you can show in a single photo and almost everyone was dressed up, everyone riding English of course since that's the mainstream riding over here.

We went over a river twice and cantered up hills and then a fair bit of trot etc. until we got to the race track which was awesome and then we galloped on the beach too which was pretty cool. I'm so tired now though but I want to do it all over again.
    07-27-2010, 01:17 PM
Originally Posted by Siggav    
...everyone riding English of course since that's the mainstream riding over here.
Riding English, in Scotland? Thought that would be next thing to treason
    07-27-2010, 01:30 PM
Well I was translating for the forum

They just call it 'riding' since no one around does any other style really.
    07-27-2010, 01:37 PM
Sounds like a blast!

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