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post #11 of 23 Old 04-23-2012, 07:30 AM
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I've seen twice people got kicked while riding through the field with horses (to the back gate to the park). Other horses just approached, got excited, and suddenly started to buck/kick out. The rider's leg was on way of the kick. One rider ended up in ER, other one was kinda OK after that (the horse got her to the soft part, not a bone). When you are on horse you have limited (if at all) power to drive other horses away.

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post #12 of 23 Old 04-23-2012, 07:58 AM
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gee I do it all the times, never even considered it to be a big deal, In fact my pasture is my arena, same thing. The other horses tend to look and go back to munchng grass. But they are only my horses. I don't agree with horses of different owners sharing a field.

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Depends on your horse. I used to ride my horse with the other horses, but he was one of the most dominant ones, and the paddock was big enough to steer clear of them. If they did come over they were too scared to get too close.

If I was riding a really timid horse, or one not high on the pecking order I wouldn't be so keen. Also, if there horses were at all stirred up I wouldn't ride either.

As a kid I always used to run down and get my horse, tie the leadrope around, climb up on the fence and canter bareback back up, even if there were 10 or so other horses around.
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I've seen twice people got kicked while riding through the field with horses (to the back gate to the park). Other horses just approached, got excited, and suddenly started to buck/kick out. The rider's leg was on way of the kick.
The same thing happened to my mom - she rode her horse into the pasture after she came back from riding, my horse (dominant mare type) walked up to them & kicked. Broke my mom's ankle.

My mare had issues with people being on top of things - she once kicked at me as I climbed over a rail fence - very occasional and that's the only time I remember she kicked at a person on a horse (and she & Mom's horse were together for over 15 years), but that one time was enough.

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The same thing happened to my mom - she rode her horse into the pasture after she came back from riding, my horse (dominant mare type) walked up to them & kicked. Broke my mom's ankle.
Scary, isn't it! My friend was kicked by other horse out of blue when she was on hers at the show. I believe she got a broken bone too. :(

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Definitely would not recommend doing it. The one time I tried it with our first horse, he spooked at a bird in the grass. I was not a good rider at the time and he was new to us. I ended up on the ground and he went over to his buddies. He could have easily got tangled up in the reins. I found out after that you aren't supposed to do that.

Yes it is possible to do it. There are ranches that herd loose horses by riding. Those are well trained horses and listen to the rider though. I wouldn't do it at a barn/stable unless I knew darn well that I could trust my horse completely to listen and not act stupid.
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I agree with everyone else who is saying that this isn't a good idea. There are many reasons why I think it isn't a good idea. Personally, I would not do it.

Is there no where else on the property that you can ride? Can you ride around the perimeter of the fence line outside of the pasture? Are the horses in the pasture 24/7? If they are only turned out for part of the day, could you ride in there when they are all inside? There must be somewhere else to ride that would be safer.
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Ohh I've done it on multiple occasion. It was the only place with hills and the few times I did it were disastrous, with only a handful of successes.

I had horses coming over and tugging on blankets, charging at us, my horse bolting to meet his friends, cantering madly down a steep hill cause the other horses are eating hay, being chased, playing under saddle.. just.. no.

Do NOT go there!

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post #19 of 23 Old 04-25-2012, 12:45 PM
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Don't do it, if the other horses aren't locked up. I know people who do it, but I have saw the damage done. My kids safe mare and I was riding in the pasture with another kid safe mare, plus an yearling and two other horses. When the loose horses saw us pick up speed, they didn't to join and how horses decided it was play time. I was 13 at the time and now have a scar that goes down my arm, down my chest and to my pant line. Never again have I really rode in the pasture unless I was bareback. My pasture is my arena, but my horses get locked up, when I ride in it.

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post #20 of 23 Old 04-25-2012, 01:04 PM
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Pretty much what everyone else has said. If you don't have 100% control of your horse and aren't a confident rider then you shouldn't ride in a pasture with loose horses. Even you are both of these things, it still can be dangerous.

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