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post #11 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 02:38 AM
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Lonesome, I've been to the exact facility you're speaking of multiple times. :p While I kind of know the people and which horses do well for beginners (they do have them, you just have to ask for them by name), I can enjoy going out to ride a different horse here and there. I, personally, like riding Scotch and Donald..they're kinda forward, but they'd be great horses if I could have a few months on them. :p
I will say though, the guides are definitely on their high horses, as are most of their boarders. The guides would always try to tell me how to do something on the horse, make it do something, etc and I'd always tell them off. Unless they've gotten new guides in the past year, none of them offer me advice anymore. I go there to gain more experience in handling naughty horses, not listen to someone who can sit on a kidsafe horse and navigate trails. I do not brag, but I (and many others that I know) are much better riders than them, and I'm surprised they haven't hired in better riders for their guides.
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post #12 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 02:52 AM
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That's fun. I always have fun going on those rental rides and playing around with the horses.

My recent one (in NZ) I was given a little 3 year old girly and she was just learning everything. She had those grazing reins on and I asked her to use her back and we were leg yielding a little on and off the track. practicing stopping and backing up just using my body.

It was a LOT of fun, and they wanted me to buy her lol.. but that wasn't feasible.

Another one I taught a horse to cut his stupid stubborn habit of rushing home. We did pretty spirals the entire way. I made him turn around and go down different trails. By the end of it we were great friends and had a nice little trot as well :)

Another time the horses that my best friend (visiting) and I got were so much fun. One was an ex jumper and the other one was a regular trail horse (very savvy) and my friend took off on a dead gallop with the trail horse.. I had the ex jumper and his gallop was amazing. I don't gallop ever (I don't really know what to do when that happens haha!) but it was so smooth I didn't have to get up into my fail of a 2 point.

I love your 'arena' though. I've not been on a beach ride yet

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post #13 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 05:40 AM
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Things there may be different now, this was some years ago, 6 maybe. All I know is that I dont think I would go back there and do that again without a friend who knew what they were doing.
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post #14 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 08:22 AM
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I started riding there 8 years ago or so, and it hasn't changed too much during the first 7 (haven't been their last year or this year). You can emphasis that you want a calm one and you'll almost for sure get one though. If anything, say you have a bad back and need something that won't take off, get pushy, or buck, lol-that's what my aunt does.

They did raise their prices though, which was completely uneccesary. $25 for an hour on horses that aren't deadbroke isnt worth it, to be honest. I will be going out soon with my boyfriend though, because everyone I know either doesn't have a horse safe or big enough. ;;
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post #15 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 08:43 AM
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I think $25 an hour is a really good rate. In CO it was $30 an hour and $10 every hour after. They were horses with issues too. You know the typical "face in tail" and "do not stray from this trail.. increase speed as near barn" :P

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post #16 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 09:07 AM
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I felt a bit like Lebron James riding a tricycle with my knees up under my chin but, you know, cowboy up.
Thanks for the good laugh Ian. I'm a bit disappointed there are no pictures of that.

Nice arena though, I could definitely get used to that!

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post #17 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 09:15 AM
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Now I want to drive to PA and check this place out. It sounds fun in the same way a really bad horror movie is still amusing. I want to see the Bueno Boys in action!
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post #18 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 09:51 AM
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Wow i didnt know Horse renting places were that bad.
I went to one once and had a amazing experiance. It was in texas, and a one man operation. He did beach tours and made so much fun. The horses were great, yeah he put me on a bit shy horse but what do you expect with non horse people riding horses all the time. We got to ride on the beach and he told us about the area, and just got to relax and ride the beach.
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post #19 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 10:02 AM
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They usually have more horses than time to school them all.. so some of them are nice and others..... are awful!

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post #20 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 10:14 AM
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Ian, was this place in Daly City, south SF?

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