Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Anyone else ride at night? I got permission from my great grandmother to ride my horses at night as long as Iím back by 9. I just got back from a ride, actually... (I just got permission this afternoon after begging for about ten minutes). Normally, Iím allowed to ride at night as long as Iím with an older family member, but I think my grandma is beginning to see that Iím more responsible than my other family members are when it comes to the horses. I mean, normally when I ride at night with a family member, Iím the one keeping their horse out of the way in cars because whoever Iím usually riding with gets too drunk to notice and/or passes out atop the horse... So yeah, I really think that my grandma is beginning to understand that Iím more responsible and that Iím not a little kid who needs to be protected and sheltered so much anymore. Sheís beginning to understand that I can be allowed to do things and wonít take a mile when she only gives a few feet.
I personally love to ride at night... I love riding in darkness along the sides of the road and I love the way I have to trust my horse to keep me safe in places where I canít see three feet in front of me. Cantering at night is my favorite thing to do...
Does anyone else like riding when itís dark? What normal precautions do you take? I outfit my mare in her usual bright red halter under her bridle and bright red SMBís (though I didnít use the boots tonight... I forgot them...). I also wear a white shirt and, once I find my orange reflective hunting vest-thing that a friend gave me last year, Iíll start wearing it as well (I just gotta find it first... itís somewhere in my room, lol). I am planning on getting some sort of reflective tape to put on my horses bridles and legs to help let people in cars see us since my horses are bays.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)