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post #1 of 23 Old 04-22-2012, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Riding in a field with other horses?

I am getting tired of riding in the arena, and I think my horse is, too. I'm tired of riding around, lap after lap, when there is a huge field right next to us that I've been dying to ride in. However, that is where my horse's buddies are, and I don't know how well Winchester would listen to me in a field with his best friends. Also, there is another pasture beside his own where all his mare friends are, and I have a feeling that Winchester would get too excited and dart off with me on his back.

So, I would like to ride in his pasture, but I am hesitant because he behaves very chummy with his friends whenever he is there. Every time I let him into the pasture, he goes over to his friends and they start grooming each other, or he'll go over to the fence and neigh for his girlfriends, which is actually pretty funny considering he is a gelding, as are the other horses in his pasture.

Please leave suggestions, advice, tips, and what not. I really want to ride in the field, but should I?
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-22-2012, 11:27 AM
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If you have any doubt at all that your horse will behave and listen to you in the pasture with his buddies, you should NOT do it. If this is something you really want to be able to do, maybe start by lunging him in the pasture, or possibly by turning one of his buddies loose in the arena and lunging, then riding and see how it goes.

If you decide to ride in the field and the horse doesn't listen to you, you could be VERY seriously injured if you fall off in the middle of a bunch of playing horses. Absolutely do NOT do it unsupervised if you do decide to try it.
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Alright. I will try lunging him in the pasture. Thanks!
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post #4 of 23 Old 04-22-2012, 12:02 PM
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Be careful if you try lunging in a pasture of horses, too. Any kind of activity with a horse is an invitation for other horses to get excited and want to play. Not only will your horse not be focused, but you can easily wind up in the middle of a lot more boisterous áctivity than you want to. Not on my list of activities to try...best to leave the pasture the horses' domain.

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It is not just your horse you have to worry about. Horses can be very curious, and one of the loose horses may very well run up and try to play. I expect you would be liable if one of those horses got hurt if it were to get tangled in your lunge line. I would not reccomend it, personally. Especially if you do not own all of the horses.
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I think it's a bad idea. Even if your horse is close to 100% in control by you, the loose horses still remain 0% controlled by you. Not worth the risk to all involved.
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It is not just your horse you have to worry about. Horses can be very curious, and one of the loose horses may very well run up and try to play. I expect you would be liable if one of those horses got hurt if it were to get tangled in your lunge line. I would not reccomend it, personally. Especially if you do not own all of the horses.
Very true.

It may just be a bad idea all around, I have no idea of your experience level. We ride in the pasture with loose horses fairly frequently, but I know very well which horse/rider combinations can handle it and which can't at my own place. I also own all of the horses.
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post #8 of 23 Old 04-22-2012, 10:12 PM
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Hi I know your pain I know feeling of being stuck in the arena when theres a huge field next to you to ride in. So my solution I put the others horses in the arena while I rode in the field lol. Well I put to in the ring and third in a stall and there are also horses in the neighboring field and I just don't ride near if I think shaggy is going to act up. Also like some mentioned above make sure your not alone good luck=)

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I'm also going to say that it is an exceedingly bad idea to be riding in the same field loose horses are turned out.

One only has to spend ten to fifteen minutes observing horses when they are fired up in a herd to understand why.
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post #10 of 23 Old 04-23-2012, 12:21 AM
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I've ridden in the pasture many times without a problem. But, this is a big but, the horses belong to me/family, I know how the horse I'm riding will react and most importantly I know how the other horses will react. Basically, it's not a real good idea at a stable as there are to many variables for you to control for it to be safe.
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