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post #31 of 37 Old 07-13-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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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?
That would be telling.
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post #32 of 37 Old 07-14-2012, 03:31 PM
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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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This is BBBCrone's husband...just out of curiosity....this place in Pittsburgh. Was it south of Pittsburgh(Bridgeville area) by a golf course? Just curious...I grew up in that area.

Oh and sorry the flirting ended up no bueno :(
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post #33 of 37 Old 07-14-2012, 04:33 PM
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This is BBBCrone's husband...just out of curiosity....this place in Pittsburgh. Was it south of Pittsburgh(Bridgeville area) by a golf course? Just curious...I grew up in that area.

Oh and sorry the flirting ended up no bueno :(
It is, I can't comment on the golf course since I never paid attention to the surroundings on the way out, but it is in bridgeville, lol..I grew up about a half hour away, and I got my first horse experience there..So I mean, it can't be all bad, eh? Haha
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Yep that's the place.
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post #35 of 37 Old 07-15-2012, 12:22 AM
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I went to a recreation stable for a trail ride just before Christmas. They put me on a tiny paint with a braided tail and bright red bow. I knew what it meant but not everyone was told. Just as we were getting ready to head out a young girl came up behind my horse to get a better look at the braid and WHAM! So lucky she didn't get hurt, but her horse took a hoof hard to the front shoulder.
Then what does the guide do? Puts me in the middle of the group on front of another hound girl! Face palm.
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post #36 of 37 Old 07-15-2012, 12:52 AM
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I went to a recreation stable for a trail ride just before Christmas. They put me on a tiny paint with a braided tail and bright red bow. I knew what it meant but not everyone was told. Just as we were getting ready to head out a young girl came up behind my horse to get a better look at the braid and WHAM! So lucky she didn't get hurt, but her horse took a hoof hard to the front shoulder.
Then what does the guide do? Puts me in the middle of the group on front of another hound girl! Face palm.
OMG!!!!!! That's so messed up!!

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post #37 of 37 Old 07-15-2012, 11:31 AM
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Funny and scarey stories everyone has.

When I travel I always go to a dude outfit and go on a trail ride. I haven't had bad experiences. Oh, sure, some of the guides were a bit cocky. But, they are probably proud as heck to have a "real horse job."

One of my favorite places is near Traverse City, MI. The owners raise Appaloosas. I go every time I visit relatives in the area, and take non-horsey family with me. The daughter is very knowledgeable about issues important to horsemen, the forests, and pasture conditions. The horses are fine.

I used to go work on a dude string whenever I needed a break from the pace and travel on the racetrack. We used the dude horses on the cow herd, took them to open shows for gaming, and even practiced bareback bronc riding on them. More than a few were broke to both ride and drive. We bought and sold a lot of horses, so improving what we had was part of the deal. We always had between 80 and 100 head.

Whenever I get a temporary worker here, they want to ride a horse. I can't very well put them on a polo pony, nor do they have the time to go check cows all day, so I take them to a rental string. I take lots of photos of them and they go home happy having ridden in the mountains.

I like to support the rental business. It's where so many riders and eventual horse owners got their start.

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