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    06-27-2010, 06:15 PM
Ok Ok

Just imagine you were on a horse that DIDN'T want to go back so when you let it have it's head it would just stand there, but you couldn't just wait for someone to find you because you would be at risk of getting into danger and that your mobile had just died and you didn't have a GPS and that all the closest civilisation was off watching the world cup

What would you do then =P
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    06-27-2010, 06:22 PM
I would ride in a direction until I came to either a fence or a road and then follow that into whatever town or homestead it was attached to and make myself at home. If I had to depend on myself and survive in the wilderness, then it would depend on my location and what season it was. I almost always carry a gun with me so finding game would be fairly easy and I would also be able to butcher it because I always have my knife too. I can build a fire with no matches (hard but it can be done) and if England is anything like they show in the movies, it shouldn't be too hard to find a creek or some other source of fresh water to drink from. If you are interested in learning how to take care of yourself out in the country, I suggest looking for someone who teaches a wilderness survival class or something similar.
    06-27-2010, 06:32 PM
Umm how about I add that i'm 14 lol and where I live I would get arrested if I carried a knife or gun around with me lol

Oh and trust me there aren't that many creeks. Just motorways you want to avoid
    06-27-2010, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by Brithorse1996    
Oh and trust me there aren't that many creeks. Just motorways you want to avoid...
Yes, and the motorways all have signs, don't they? Not to mention that if you have a map (which you should), or just a general idea of the lay of the land where you are, once you find the motorway (or even get within hearing distance), you should have pretty good idea of where you are. Then you just go along the motorway until you come to an intersecting road, follow that until you get to someplace with a sign, etc.
    06-27-2010, 08:12 PM
You crack me up. I'm starting to wonder if you train with a scatter brained instructor. You seem very concerned about getting left behind. I would like to think that if you were separated from your instructor, he or she would have the presence of mind to realize you were gone and go to look for you.

As for the way to find home, if you really do have the only horse on the planet that will just stand there waiting for something to eat it, try using the sun. If it was over your left shoulder on your way out, keep it over your right for the trip back. If it was in front of you, keep it behind you. Way back in the olden days before cell phones and GPS, that's the way we did it.
    06-27-2010, 08:19 PM
^^And the way those of us still do it that don't have GPS and most times don't have a cell phone signal out here in the boonies.
    06-28-2010, 05:07 PM
LOL MyPonyBuck no the thing is my instructor and all the other people in my group seem to have horses that bolt at the sligtest thing and my pony is genrally the calmest.

And also as I just moved to a new riding school in the middle of the countryside and because she has started taking me on more hacks, for now im always behind her with someoone checking on me from behind (no where to run) I have no chance of getting lost, but I know i'll be taking up the rear one day and knowing me and my pony probably get lost =P
    06-28-2010, 06:10 PM
I've been lost more than once when out hacking, and my horse has always known which way to go to find the trailer.

If you don't panic, your horse won't either.

Besides, unless you're in Yellowstone's outback, I don't see how you wouldn't come across some signs of civilization if you follow the trail far enough.

Really, I think you're having a tempest in a teacup. It's unlikely that your group would get far enough ahead of you to 'lose' you.

If your instructor's so dense that she doesn't realize she's missing a horse and rider, maybe you need to switch trainers!
    06-28-2010, 06:15 PM
In response to Jamesqf pretty much all the land around the motorways is private anyway so I wouldn't be allowed on it anyway and there is always some smarta** who thinks it's funny to beep a horn whenever they see a horse, even if you're no where near the road
    06-28-2010, 11:34 PM
I trail ride on my own. I have no one else to go with. So I go out, and when I'm coming up on a new trail, I ALWAYS turn right at any crossing, because I know I'll find my way back if I have to turn around. Once I've figured out what's to the right, I start turning to the left. My system works for me. =]

I only skimmed this thread, but what I'm getting is you are worried your instructor and group will get away from you. My best suggestion is to not go with them, or at least with a smaller group. My next suggestion is, if the other horses take off, go with them!

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