I used to quite frequently... I don't think its stupid, you know your horse and you know if you are able to handle him. If you know you can, then go for it. I used to always just make sure I had my cellphone with me at all times, incase of an emergency.
I almost always go out alone. I take my cell phone and make sure it is on ME not the saddle and tell someone or leave a note where I'm going. I would go nuts if I had to go with someone all the time. Mostly I enjoy my horses because they are NOT PEOPLE!
Thats a question I bug myself about too sometimes. Like my OTSB Is totally bomb proof because he grew up in the city.However one problem..DEER!!!!!! He never saw them until li got him and he's terrified of them. I like got him so much better now, but im a bit nervous that he'll spook on the trail. Because he's a big boy ya know =P IDK I think ima just wing it =P
I went alone on my 20 yo Quarter horse when I first got him. I had no other horses so I had no choice. He is SUPER well trained and doesn't spook or anything. Bomb proof. I never had a problem. He's 28 now and I'd still take him out alone. My younger Paint I wouldn't yet though. I've tried it just short distances and it hasn't gone well so far but we're working on it.
Anyway, I wouldn't hesitate. As long as you know your horse well enough to be able to tell if something is going to happen then you'll be golden. As everyone else said, make sure you have a way to contact someone if you get hurt and make sure someone knows where you are going and how long you'll be gone and stick to that at least the first bunch of times til you know how he'll be. If you know something that spooks him normally though try and stay away from that the first few times so you can both get comfortable with each other being out there alone.
Have fun! :)
I ride alone 90% of the time. On property, I never worried, but when I started trailering to state parks, I bought a cell phone. I love riding alone. Just be smart and careful, and it's no more dangerous than anything else you do alone. I leave a note at the barn about where I went and what time when I trailer.
I don't know the trails well enough to go out by myself and I like the company....if something happens I'd like to have someone there to help.
At the old barn, however, I would go out by myself, but never did because I was "forbidden" to by the BO, so if I went it would have to be a time when she wasn't there and when no one was there (cause they'd tell on me)
Yeah, all the time. My mare, like someone else said, is better alone. Plus I found it was difficult to go with other horses due to my mares short legs... I would literally be trotting QUICKLY the entire ride to keep up with most of the other horses walks. And it gets to be a bit of a pain.