Originally Posted by PechosGoldenChance
Yea I know you can't carry a weapon there, kinda a shame in my own opinion. .
I'm not a fan of anyone carrying a weapon. That said I shot competitively for many years and also shot combat courses. I still own a number of very good guns but they are kept locked up in a vault.
I feel with a good horse between your knees you don't need any more protection. No one will grab you and you can outrun any danger.
As for the roads, you have to decide if they are safe. Our shoulders are about 3 to 4 feet wide and then a grass ditch. About 50% of the time you can duck down in the ditch if you have to. The cars travel at 50 mph on these roads, some move over, some don't. Today I had to deal with water spray but he never flinched once.
When the bush trails become too muddy like now the shoulders of the roads are perfect footing and we can travel at a easy lope of nice working trot. As for legal?? IT is perfectly legal here. We have a large number of amish in the area and they run their buggies on the roads all the time. Most drivers are curtious.
One of the best ways to condition a horse and this works best with a group but pick a restaurant about 12 miles away, one you can tie horses near and then ride for breakfast. We did that every Saturday and again on Sunday to a different one. It gave us a 25 mile run both Saturday and Sunday.. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we went for ice cream, 6 miles each way or 12 miles round drip. The horses were running about 75 miles a week conditioning and while they trimmed up we grew fat
Destinations add interest, gives a purpose to a ride instead of just wandering. We would fly the 12 mile trip in knowing the horses could stand and rest while we eat and then we would fly home again. The horses sure got in shape and we ran 50's without a problem.
I would hate to give up my road running.
Come June, July and August I run in town, I trailer to the edge, unload, saddle up and run a 15 mile loop through the green belts, the parks , the university and the boulevards. No bugs in town and again the cops never bothered us. A few streams along the run offered water for drinking and washing the boys down.