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post #21 of 30 Old 10-02-2012, 04:29 PM
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I love going out alone! Just keep aware of your surroundings *(youtube has some great trail riding self-defense videos) and also keep your cell phone on you not in a saddle bag. If you become separated from your horse and cannot walk for some reason, you'll need to be able to call for help!
My guy does equally well alone or with other horses, go for it and enjoy!!
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post #22 of 30 Old 10-02-2012, 10:59 PM
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I absolutely love riding alone, but rarely get the opportunity. I'm thankful that I have friends that like to ride with me, but sometimes I enjoy being alone with my horse, especially Dragon. So sometimes I will take the whole day, pack my saddlebags, and take off alone on him.

I keep my cell phone with me and I always keep someone in the loop of where I am. When I plan on being gone for a long time or all day, I will "check in" every hour or so with my contact and let them know where I am and where I am headed. I also carry my gun just in case, ya never know!
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post #23 of 30 Old 10-04-2012, 04:20 AM
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Riding is a dangerous sport. Horses are animals and have reactions and feelings and they are not as predicatable as a machine. And that is why we love them.

Everyone has their own risk comfort level. If you enjoy riding alone and take sensible precautions like letting people know where you're going and carrying a cell phone, then go for it. You are comfortable at that level of risk.

I will never ride alone. EVER. I might separate from my partner by 100 yards or more, but I won't go out alone. Why? Because the last wreck I had, I would have been killed if I had been alone. It was nothing predictable, nothing skill or foresight could have avoided. But there I was unconscious for 10-15 minutes and with a concussion that erased my memory of 45 minutes. (Yes..I WAS wearing a helmet) The blunt force trauma collapsed one lung completely and partially collapsed another ---besides other internal injuries. If someone hadn't been there to call for help, I would have died. So, no. I do NOT ride alone.

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post #24 of 30 Old 10-04-2012, 04:49 AM
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I often ride alone, but I always evaluate the weather, the condition of the trails, as well as my and my horses' mental and physical condition. Also, I always take a phone with me and inform somebody at the barn about where I'm heading and for how long I'm going to be away. If anything at all seems off, I turn back (if I have already hit the trails) or just stay in the arena.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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post #25 of 30 Old 10-04-2012, 05:14 AM
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I never had much of a choice. I always rode alone, for 6 years. Man that sounds sad. Of course technically not alone as horse with me.
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post #26 of 30 Old 10-04-2012, 08:50 AM
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I usually ride alone. My horse does better alone. Sometimes my husband comes with us, but he is either on foot or on his bike, not on a horse.
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post #27 of 30 Old 10-04-2012, 09:24 AM
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I ride at a local park by myself now. My horse is fairly non spooky. He has NEVER attempted to run away with me EVER. He has NEVER bolted. But he is still a horse! I wear a helmet, I have a cell phone on me. Several people know I am going and will now text my cousin when I mount up as per my promise to her! She is the director of one of the busiest ER's here locally so she is a good chick to ride with and to know! The city employee in charge of lots of stuff at the park generally sees me ride out and I know him personally. His phone number is in my phone and I wouldn't hesitate to call him if necessary. Also, I am never farther than 1.5 miles from my trailer as I am riding just the loop in the woods at the park. You are never 100% safe anywhere doing anything but certainly take precautions to be as safe as you can be.

If I didn't go out by myself I wouldn't be riding much here lately!

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post #28 of 30 Old 10-04-2012, 11:07 AM
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I ride hacks by myself all the time...
In the past year I've been on hacks with other people...5 or 6 times? And I hack pretty much every week

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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post #29 of 30 Old 10-05-2012, 02:29 PM
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I nearly always ride alone. I'm a loner so I don't really like company, unless I'm training, in which case I'm better at sticking to it if I have company (and someone to one-up!).

On trails, 99.9% of the time I go alone. That way, I turn back when I want to, I go my own speed, and I don't have to worry about what to do if my friend gets hurt (the person I normally ride with is 14 and I'm now legally an adult, so I'm responsible for her, and her actions). If she's at my place, my mother is the one legally responsible for her, because my mother is the oldest and most mature person here. And I'm not allowed to bring minors onto the property if Mum's not here, because of the legalities if someone gets hurt.

My horse is a funny one. He likes company, and he likes solitude. In company, he likes to show off, and he can get strong. Alone he is much easier to manage. But he is happy either way and if I just let him go he would match the other horse's speed anyway... once he got level with them.

I'm not a confident rider, and have suffered from all sorts of issues because of it. When I'm riding on trails, I usually stick to walk with a bit of trot and if I'm feeling really brave some canter where the footing is best. There is one trail I can gallop on without worrying about traffic or whether he will pull up in time to cross a road, but I don't ride it very often because I had a bad fall on it a while back where I cracked my helmet in two and fractured my humerus... so my confidence issues are at their worst there, and I refuse to even trot in the direction of home because the fall resulted from horsey getting a bit jiggy, so I let him trot a bit, and he broke into a canter, then a gallop, and in the end I came off. I will gallop away from home, but walk only back towards. Even though said trail is an hour's ride from my place anyway!

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post #30 of 30 Old 10-06-2012, 01:16 PM
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Nobody here to ride with so I'm always alone. No cell service out here either so I leave a note on the desk with direction of travel. I do take my cell just in case I'm lucky and I'm in one of those rare spots a txt message can get out.
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