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        11-16-2012, 10:38 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Is this dangerous???

    I've always thought it to be common sense that riding in an area that is full of loose horses, in their own pasture no less, is a dangerous situation waiting to happen... Horses are HORSES they bite, kick, rear, buck, and in other words act unpredictably. Apparently not...

    Would like to hear other people's opinion on this?
         
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        11-16-2012, 10:51 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    I would say it isn't safe but I do it.

    I have two horses and ride one in the paddock with the other one loose. My two horses know that they have to behave when I am around. They are not allowed to pick fights or anything whilst I am with them or they get into big trouble.

    I also have a friend who has a heard of 15 and she rides with the whole lot loose. They all go on big rides together. All of these horses a trained to work together in large groups though.
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        11-16-2012, 11:01 PM
      #3
    Started
    Growing up I didn't have an area to ride so I would ride in the pasture, usually only one or 2 other horses in there. I'm sure it's not ideal but with horses that live together and get alone well it's not that big a deal.
         
        11-16-2012, 11:06 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    Okay so if the horses are all pretty used to each other than it's fine but, if there are horses constantly being introduced on a weekly/bi-weekly basis this wouldn't be?

    I bring this up because I had my horse pastured alone and the BO decided to pasture her with the other horses (knowing she isn't very well behaved around other horses) and two woman were riding through the pasture with a friend and my horse "attacked her" by which she kicked at the horses and got one of the woman pretty bad. I obviously am not defending my horse in any way that behavior is unacceptable however, she was only in there a night going on a day and am wondering if it wasn't enough time? IDK, I wold never ride among loose horses. I don't even hardly go into a pasture of horses without a whip I don't know why everyone thinks horses are just big dogs that don't need to be heeded.
         
        11-16-2012, 11:12 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    I think I would avoid riding in a paddock with horses that weren't mine, especially if a new one has just been introduced. I only do it with mine because I know them and I feel comfortable doing what I think needs doing if they misbehave.
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        11-16-2012, 11:16 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    That's kind of how I feel about it. Either way I've been asked to move barns because of the whole thing. On one hand I feel bad for the woman who got hurt because she has to have surgery and deal with pain. However, it seems not exactly the smartest thing to do knowing full well that a lot of the horses in the pasture have literally been there no more than a month. When I go into the pasture with my horse to walk through to the trail I WALK on the GROUND and bring my driving/lunge whip to keep the horses away from me and my horse.
         
        11-17-2012, 01:39 AM
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    Started
    IMO the woman did an idiotic thing. It's one thing to ride in a pasture with your OWN loose horses, on your own property, if your horses are familiar with one another. But to ride through a pasture containing loose horses you do not own? Horses you do not know inside and out? Disaster waiting to happen. I myself will ride my horse if my sisters' ponies are out, but nobody rides while my horse is out because he has a bit more spunk. It's not the safest, not ideal, but I accept the risks and I do it anyway. Her ponies are 16+ and couldn't care less what we do, they have more important things to do (like eat and nap).

    I'm a bit startled that you were asked to leave the barn, I myself would be offended. Horses are horses, she did a risky thing and should bare the consequences.
         
        11-17-2012, 01:47 AM
      #8
    Started
    100% agree with alexis - I'm shocked that you were asked to move!! I've only ever ridden through a paddock of horses once and never will again (wasn't deliberate, I was test riding a possible purchase and the lady told me I could ride in the next paddock, but failed to tell me there were horses in there hiding among the trees AND that the horse I was checking out didn't like any other horse being within 20m of her butt). Dangerous thing to do unless all the horses are very familiar with each other and have already sorted out their hierarchy (I.e. No newbies in the paddock), and you know all the horses. Lady should be kicked out herself for doing something so dumb and dangerous...
         
        11-17-2012, 03:40 AM
      #9
    Yearling
    Well, I guess on defense of the BO she and her grandmother regularly walk through the trails in the back where the horses are kept with their toddler in a stroller so they're fearful my young horse being stupid will act like act up and hurt them like the woman on the horse. Idk, it seems like an awful lot of negligence lawsuits waiting to happen maybe its for the best.
         
        11-17-2012, 06:50 AM
      #10
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl    
    I've always thought it to be common sense that riding in an area that is full of loose horses, in their own pasture no less, is a dangerous situation waiting to happen... Horses are HORSES they bite, kick, rear, buck, and in other words act unpredictably. Apparently not...

    Would like to hear other people's opinion on this?
    As a general rule, I would simply say it's not for the "feint at heart."
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