Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I use to ride at night in the summer w relatives/friends - often times on a daily basis. While snow might provide more light w a moon, that's just too cold for me to do on purpose!
I grew up ofte riding a "back home" after dark, which included a 3-4 mile stretch of dirt road. The road was paved one year. I guess b/c we had ridden it literally thousands of times, we didn't stop to think what that (being paved) meant, although it would have occured to me anywhere else on the planet. One night, I was on a very young gelding that had started crow hopping b/c I was holding him back from his "upset" over another horse having left the group. He wasn't giving up lightly, and had moved into the middle of the road, which so happened to be on the other side of a blind curve. B/c the road was paved, cars went much faster than prior. The road wasn't very traveled at all - ever, but sure enough, a car came around the curve whilst I was in the middle of it on a crow hopping horse. I wasn't aware the curve was there until I was blinded by headlights and heard the screaming screech of brakes. Needless to say, I was nearly killed.
I still ride at night on occasion (only when I lose track of time, not on purpose), but I do not ever go near pavement of any kind. I do not see any problem w riding at night and I think it can be very enjoyable ....so long as one does not ever lose sight of the where they are at. I wouldn't do it alone.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.