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post #1 of 8 Old 11-12-2010, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Spooooky Traffic on a trail ride

I took my big boy Citrus on a trail ride of sorts today.... I rode him on the road in front of his home. He lives behind a golf course and in front of a resevoir. This road is paved but not terribly busy. I was so nervous but know that my boy does not spin when he spooks, he just freezes. I also had my helmet on (always) and am confident that I could stay on if something did make him spin/jump/whatever.

And to my satisfaction, he did not spook at any of the 12 or so cars that passed us. Some of the cars slowed down but two big trucks did not. I was of course paying attention to his ears and where his mind was. The scariest thing to him was actually a sign advertising hay for sale. But in his defense, it was a very scary looking sign, what with its leaning on a pole and such..........

It was a blast and now I can go different places with him. :)

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-12-2010, 07:52 PM
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The scariest thing to him was actually a sign advertising hay for sale. But in his defense, it was a very scary looking sign, what with its leaning on a pole and such..........

It was a blast and now I can go different places with him. :)
Congrats! I do I lot of riding on the roads, neigborhoods, and into town and the grocery store. It's a great feeling of freedom to be able to ride anywhere you want.

Watch out for those horse eating signs! You'll find out that there are a million things out in the real world for your horse to get used to, and every time you ride there is something different and new.

Good luck...and continue to be careful...there are a lot of idiots on the road.

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I have gotten used to his "signals" of when hs is scared and will continue to watch out for those.... It is fun. Eh?

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-12-2010, 08:27 PM
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Good luck...and continue to be careful...there are a lot of idiots on the road.
I agree to that! I avoid riding on the road whenever I can because I just don't trust the drivers on the road. I have confidence in my horse and my self, but I can't say the same for the morons they issue driver's licenses to.

But super great to hear you had such a good ride! It's very rewarding when you horses trusts you like that to know you aren't going to put them in a fight-or-flight situation (well ... except for those horse-eating signs advertising hay ... they're sneaky little ones...)

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yeah, I think he forgave me for the sign incident when I showed him his BLUE bucket (it magically appears at the end of sessions filled with grain).....

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-12-2010, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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And I agree about drivers- I don't think I will venture to where there is more traffic and perhaps if I am going to do this alot, I may get a vest that says "SLOW"... it would most likely end up on a tv show spoofing riders..... "See this lady admits she is SLOW and says so with a vest"

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Congratulations to you and Citrus! Sounds like you both did great..

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Great job! Those types of situations go soooo far toward building your horse's confidence. I'm happy to see other had interesting rides today. I was only out for 90 minutes and encountered mountain bikers, ATVs, hunters with all their tower building ladders, tires, dogs and other horses. Horsie handled them all well including the one horse wearing a cowbell. (hunter protection)

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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