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post #1 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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At the barn alone?

Is it safe to be out working with your horses completely by yourself? I've done it a few times but my parents are afraid I'll get kicked or something (by the way, I'm 16). I don't ride when I'm out there alone, but it's easier and more likely that I'll get more time to work with my horse when I don't have to find somebody to go with me.
Do you work with your horses by yourself?
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post #2 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 03:58 PM
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This is a tough question. Because anything can happen when you're by yourself at any age and, ideally, shouldnt be recommended. But I was always around horses alone at 16. I think it depends on if you're comfortable with it or not. You have to learn how to handle situations on your own at some point. You have to be smart about it. Keep your phone on you or in easy spot to get to if something were to go wrong. And let someone (even if they're not there) know what your plan is.
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post #3 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 03:58 PM
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I'm 18, and keep my horses at home. I ride alone and on trails all the time alone, but I always carry a fully charged cell phone, and wear my helmet.
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post #4 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 04:25 PM
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Let someone know what you are doing, definitely, and schedule check in times.
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post #5 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Check in times, never thought about that! Great idea!
The cell phone service out there is iffy, only reliable on the tops of the hills.. That's another thing they're worried about.
In the near future I plan on getting a project horse, that's why I need more time to work!! My parents are the type that would be okay with it if they know other kids my age work with their horses alone. They trust me and my judgement, most of the time.. But they are also pretty horse savvy and know that horses are prettyy unpredictable!
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post #6 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 05:44 PM
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I ride alone all the time and somewhat prefer it, especially when I'm trying to work on something. I always have a cellphone though and I'm a touch older that the OP.

The first couple times I rode alone, I was paranoid and scared because of all the years people have been telling me not to. It's something I eased into and really enjoy though.

It's always nice to let someone know where you are, but that's sometimes not an option for me so I just carry the cell phone
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post #7 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 05:47 PM
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I've never worried about being alone with a horse. I've been able to avoid being kicked and it causing injury since I started riding 8-9 years ago, so I am confident in my ability to retain common sense and not get into a fight I can't handle myself if there's no one around.
I'm also confident in my seat and don't worry much about my horse bucking or rearing (which they don't dare do anyway) and me becoming unseated and hitting the ground.

But, I do always have my phone on me. I mainly just take it for pictures, but I do like the security of being able to call someone for help of necessary.

With my phone service, I have service where no one else does..and then I have very little or none where everyone else has service. I usually take both my phones if I'm going out alone because with the different services, I should have service on one of them at any point in time.
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post #8 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 06:32 PM
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I ride alone all the time. I work weird hours so not much of a choice. I just make sure to keep my phone with me and right on the board where I am going if I ride out of sight of the barn. All you can do is use your head and not do anything out of your comfort or skill level to increase the chances of staying safe.

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post #9 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 06:40 PM
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I am wary of going out too far alone.....even with my cell phone, but that is my mothers fault-lol-she instilled the fear of EVERYTHING into me, and even now, I am still paranoid. So, I am careful, but I still do it. I take my cell phone and always make sure someone knows which direction I went in. They know that I am never gone more than a couple of hours. And KEEP YOUR PHONE ON YOU-not the horse! I see so many people do that-seriously-who is the horse going to call? And when he shows up back at the barn without you-no GPS either. I will also say that my horses are trail veterans, and IF I go out on the trails-I pay attention to them. If they are acting weird-I go another direction. But you have to know your horse for that for sure. Only once did I have to turn back, and after I did heard gunshots in a public hiking park.........Just know the difference between being pissy and worried.

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How far is the barn from the house? Walkie talkies are awesome.
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