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    10-21-2013, 07:10 AM
I ride alone a lot lately. Have a few people who want to ride with me because they can't get their horses to leave the barn without me leading, but I hate "babysitting" so try to take off before anyone catches me at the barn, lol.

A friend of mine is borrowing my gelding and I'm free to go ride him whenever I want, they only ride him 2-3x a month. The place they stay on has over 1000 acres of trails so I like to go exploring, and I hardly ever see anybody when I'm there now that race season has slowed down (they raise/train race horses). The last few times they've been walking trails (both of us walking lol) because I don't have a saddle that fits my boy right now, and instead of barebacking it and having an allergic reaction like I usually do, I figure we can BOTH use the exercise!
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    10-21-2013, 08:47 AM
I have about 5 acres that I can ride on. My horse stays at the house. We have a large round pen also. My son and hubby won't let me ride alone. We had a horse about 30 years ago. I have only ridden about 5-6 times in the last year or so and this is a new horse. All DS's friends checked him out before I could ride him LOL but he is dead broken. They jumped on him, rode double, went across ditches, rode up on a car trailer, shot a gun around and off of him and he didn't budge.
    10-21-2013, 11:28 AM
Normally I ride with other folks around, not always with me but around. If I am alone I stay in the pastures where I board so if something does happen somebody will come along before too long (hopefully). We all know how fast stuff can happen.
    10-21-2013, 03:36 PM
Never ever ride with anyone. Always alone :)
    10-21-2013, 10:54 PM
I used to be good about not riding alone - until I DID IT!

I enjoy riding with my barnmates too, but just hitting the trail by myself is just the best feeling. Me & T, leaving the whole world behind.

I feel a little sheepish sometimes sneaking off without inviting anyone, and know I shouldn't ride alone...but I love it!

I always joke that Townes & I don't ride alone...we have EACH OTHER.
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    10-21-2013, 11:10 PM
Green Broke
I prefer riding with someone else, but its not always possible. If I ride alone then I stick to trails around the house (joys of living near a park) and take my phone..
    10-21-2013, 11:11 PM
I ride alone. Sometimes I ride with people if it is convenient and they want to do the kind of ride I want to do. Sometimes I don't want any company other than my horse. Depends on the day and my mood.

I used to be nervous about riding alone, but wound up doing so as it was that or not ride. Now it's just par for the course and my SO, while still not thrilled about it, has learned to accept it and we just make sure someone knows (roughly) when to expect me back so they can send the search party. I carry ID and my cell phone on me (not on the horse). Ironically or perhaps fortunately, the two times I have had issues I was with others, and both were within 300m of the barn, so plenty close enough to get help quickly.
    10-21-2013, 11:14 PM
Green Broke
^^^LOL -both times I got tossed were in the field in front of my house.
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    10-21-2013, 11:16 PM
Almost always alone. I like it like that. People generally annoy me when I'm just trying to enjoy the scenery, train my horse, relax, run or whatever it is I feel like doing at the moment! When I'm alone, I don't have to make sure every little thing I do is okay with anyone else.

My cell phone is always in my pocket and someone knows I'm out there.
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    10-21-2013, 11:17 PM
Usually alone since there isn't always someone else at the barn when I'm riding. I usually stay on the farm's property and will bring my cell phone if I go on the road (which lately has been rare). The BO is pretty attentive and if she notices that I'm there after a lot period of time, she will call to make sure I'm ok.

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