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    07-13-2012, 11:31 AM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
They usually have more horses than time to school them all.. so some of them are nice and others..... are awful!
I've never been to a rent a horse trail place that schools their horses. I've only seen lesson places do that and even then not all do.

When I lived in NYC (the Bronx), the first time I rode a horse, I was told to hold on to the horn with one hand and wrap the reins around my other hand! I was at a gallop on my first ride. Needless to say, it took a long time to figure things out. I wore sneakers and didn't use a helmet either. I was told only English riders wore them in shows and while jumping. Ahhhhhhh the days of youth!
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    07-13-2012, 03:36 PM
The last time I went on a trail ride like that I had just started taking lessons a few months before.

The horses were very obviously used to just following the lead horse and carrying around riders as packages whose aids could be ignored. My horse seemed genuinely confused when I made him go left around a tree in the middle of the path when all the other horses had gone right...
    07-13-2012, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
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
The issue with the $25 an hour is that each hour is $25, there is no discount for multiple hours. Plus, you're on horses that buck, rear, kick, bite, etc. I've seen a lot of the horses there take off, and the riders have no idea what to do aside from clinging to the horse for dear life. I have no issue paying $25 and asking for a horse of theirs with issues so that I can gain more experience, BUT, that is not what a beginner needs. Either they'll get hurt, or they'll be scared and turned off horses for a good while, if not forever. I want to give someone wanting to ride a good experience that will keep them wanting to ride, and if I can't pay for that, what can I do without multiple horses of my own that are up for it?

I understand that most dude ranches/trail facilities just don't have the money or man-power to keep all the horses tuned up and safe for beginners to ride. Why do you think their release forms are so lengthy? I mean, regardless of how well behaved the horses are there should be a great release form behind the facility, but I guess I'm use to the short, simple, and to-the-point contracts.

I am hoping to take my boyfriend out to this trail facility though, because I know which horses would be appropriate for him (I also have to think about height) and which horses I can ride that will give the best chance of both horses staying calm, yet still willing to canter a little in that top field. Not all of their horses are crazy or half dead, but you have to go enough (or know people that have) to know which horse you want to choose, and which horse will be a good back-up if the horse you'd like is already out.
    07-13-2012, 03:56 PM
I was actually laughing out loud to your story, what a good read, thank you for sharing.
    07-13-2012, 06:24 PM
Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
I've never been to a rent a horse trail place that schools their horses. I've only seen lesson places do that and even then not all do.
Yep the ones I went to all have their horses re trained and then schooled to keep them smart on trails.

I wasn't aware that some companies DIDN'T school their horses.. that's a little disconcerting..
    07-13-2012, 07:23 PM
Aside from my bad experience, I've had some good ones too. Both in pa and in tx.
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    07-13-2012, 09:06 PM
Ian thanks for the laugh!

The last one I went on was AMAZING horseback winery tour 3 winery stop offs. Bigg chunky Percheron crosses. It was the first time if had the other half on a horse. 'Danny' was massive a little slow and perfect for him.

The owner quizzed me for 5-10 mins before putting on one of their greenies. Almost brought her home. She was only ok at the front I was told. Half hour later she's happy anywhere. She came into the bit nicely just happily accepting the contact nice flexion. She was a gem.

I've never seen healthier horses at a trail place an the facilities were great. It wasn't cheap but here none are.
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    07-13-2012, 09:16 PM
I read this thread this morning over coffee before work. It had me laughing out loud! Thanks for the good morning read.

Although, you never did say how the flirting turned out! ;)
    07-13-2012, 09:37 PM
Originally Posted by BBBCrone    
Although, you never did say how the flirting turned out! ;)
No bueno. :P
    07-13-2012, 09:40 PM
Originally Posted by Ian McDonald    
No bueno. :P
Ha ha...too bad, you would thought that would of been prime opportunity!

So I am dying to know...SF, Daly City on Skyline/Hwy 1?

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