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post #11 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 12:04 AM
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Night riding is a blast, let us know how you like it.
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post #12 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 12:48 PM
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I've been getting to the barn later due to some major roads being closed and traffic worsening. And thanks to Winter the sun sets at 5pm here. So, I go out and ride at nighttime.

On a full moon I can ride without anything (though I still prefer another source of light as well). Otherwise I just park my car near the arena or round pen and ride there. It's worked out fine!
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post #13 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 12:59 PM
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My horse went better in the dark when I bought him some lights. He wears an LED breastplate modified with a center spotlight and be goes along in the dark just great.
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post #14 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 01:11 PM
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There's a full moon tonight...anyone riding?
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post #15 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 01:13 PM
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If you're riding along a road or something, just put a red light on the back of your saddle so cars know you're there. If you know there is a car coming, pat your horse so they don't get too spooked or something like that. wear reflectors too. you never can be too careful!

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post #16 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 01:17 PM
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Missy May that would be pretty scary! Glad you're okay. Its all dirt roads where I am so I dont have to worry too much about that but im just going to stick to the field by the house until I get a feel for it. Since it is Minnesota its a little colder lol but the snow makes it so much more bright! I think its suppose to be 25 tomorrow night so it wont be too bad lol! ;]
haha...at 25F at night, I would need to have so much clothing on I'd need a crane to plop me in the saddle. :) I hope you enjoy your ride.

I love dirt roads, that is why I live on one...a nice rough, rocky road...it would destroy a car to traverse it over 20 mph...it is just beautiful!

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post #17 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 01:33 PM
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If you're riding along a road or something, just put a red light on the back of your saddle so cars know you're there. If you know there is a car coming, pat your horse so they don't get too spooked or something like that. wear reflectors too. you never can be too careful!
You can buy reflective leg bands, helmet cover, vest, quarter sheet and even saddle pad for your night riding too. I have most of that along with the light up breastplate.
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post #18 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 02:03 PM
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I've ridden at night for years.
During the summer I have to cause its too hot during the day here.
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post #19 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 02:27 PM
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Attaching a couple of those glow stick things to your horse and yourself is a good plan.
Have a great time!!!!!

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post #20 of 26 Old 12-28-2012, 02:32 PM
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Yes, it is a blast. Especially with a group of friends. We used to meet up once a month to ride at night - there was a 5 mile loop we rode on and we sang old cowboy songs the entire time. The only accident we ever had was that someone fell off sideways (while just sitting at a standstill) because they forgot to tighten their cinch once we got started. I guess when you can't see your girth to notice it's loose, then that could potentially happen..LOL!

Clippityclop is finally getting to spend some time in the saddle!
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