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post #21 of 27 Old 11-25-2009, 11:54 PM
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Well, the general rule is "safety in numbers" especially when dealing with horses. Not only do they feel more secure in a herd, but you'll feel better if there's at least one person to stay behind and one person to go get help, if needed. I can see your point that because you have experience with riding, and it is your horse, you have a good grasp on what could potentially happen.

At the same time though, she's your mom, and she's going to think of the WORST possible scenario that could happen, and that's what would happen the day she doesn't go out with you. If its adult supervision she's really craving, maybe get an equally horse savvy person to come out with you so that you all can ride together? I know if I had my mother walking on the ground behind me, I wouldn't feel very comfortable taking off into a trot when ever I wanted.

Also, cell phones are great, but like you said, the place you ride is pretty open and cell phones aren't always reliable, even when you know you get service everywhere, sometimes they just crap out.
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post #22 of 27 Old 11-27-2009, 07:38 PM
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In this day and age, I agree with your mom. Unfortunately there are too many perverted people who do want to harm you. It's not a nice world we live in anymore. That being said, when I was your age I rode by myself all the time, no cell phones back then either.

If I decided to hit the trails by myself today, you can bet I'd have my gun with me. I'm not afraid, but I will defend myself if needed as well.

Listen to your mom. She's looking out for you.
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post #23 of 27 Old 11-28-2009, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, there's hunters around the fields but never in them, because they're privately owned by non-hunters and parks where they've restricted hunting. Even so, I always wear a bright green vest, put bells over Arthur's neck in winter, and put something bright on my miniature mare that runs around us when I ride. My mom has seen that I can handle myself on a horse; she just doesn't like me riding by myself unless I stay in the small area around our house that's just grass, where she can see me out the window....And I can't go faster that a walk. And the miniature mare always runs into the woods, so Arthur freaks out. (he and the mare are literally inseperable. I can't go on a ride without the mare running free around us, or Arthur freaks out and it's just bad...)
Sam got her mom to talk to mine about her purchasing or leasing a horse, and her mom told mine that she just doesn't want to have to pay for board, lease, feed, hay, etc...And in my school district we're going to have to pay $600 per school sport since the levy failed, starting january. Sam's doing a few sports so her mom said she can't pay for a horse and the sports.
As for having a schedule and holding her to it, honestly, that wouldn't work with us. I'm at my dad's house half the time, and my mom has errands to run and bills to go pay, etc during the day.

Thanks anyway, guys! Sam's still trying to convince her parents to let her get a horse, so it may work out lol
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post #24 of 27 Old 11-29-2009, 10:58 AM
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Well now it sounds like she's just being overprotective and anal......If you are restricted to riding around the house, i'd say at least break the rules a little bit and trot everywhere.
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Haha k. Okay, Sam and I convinced her mom that if Sam can pay for the horse, board at my house, feed, etc, she can have a horse. We think Sam will have enough by May.

Like right now, I haven't ridden in 3 weeks because my mom says it's too cold for her and my sister to walk behind me while we go on rides. I asked to go bareback in the back pastures, with my cell phone, yesterday but my mom said no because she couldn't see me from there. It's just stuff like that....I mean, I've been riding my entire life and Arthur is the calmest, most loyal horse ever. I can handle him with ease. I want to do some Trail classes at the fair, but I'm not sure if I can since I can't practice very often
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post #26 of 27 Old 12-13-2009, 12:56 PM
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I think your mom has a point. So many things can happen when you ride alone. You would be much better off with an adult.
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post #27 of 27 Old 12-13-2009, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. Any ideas on how to get my mom to stick to a schedule instead of putting off riding?
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