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post #1 of 23 Old 07-09-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Getting Ready To Ride The Road?

Ok , so Cash is getting his shoes on in a few days and I want to try him out on our road. I live out in the country and our road is about maybe a mile and a half or two miles, and we don't get much traffic on it (only 4 houses on the road). I called Cash's previous owners to inquire about him being on the roads before and she said that she had never but he has had one previous owner and she is not for sure on if they did or not either. The only backround information I have on him is , he used to be a padded horse, used to show, and has been on trails. Now , is there anything I should do before getting him out there? I have only just started riding him a few weeks ago and although our rides are short ( he hasn't been under the saddle in 4 years and is a little over weight ) I have yet to have him spook on me. I would like to know how everyone else got their hoses ready for the road and what to do in the event he does get spooked....Should I start out on the ground leading him up and down the road, or should I be in the saddle ? His previous owner said something about tying him down? I have never done that but she said it helps for them not to buck? I would like to try and make this as safe as possible for the both of us , because it will be just my luck while I am riding a car will decide to come through lol ! Any tips or suggestions ?
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-09-2012, 09:55 PM
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Just be careful that he might slip on the road if it's paved. Have you had in your driveway with a car running next to him?
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post #3 of 23 Old 07-09-2012, 09:58 PM
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Ironically cars and even motorcycles are usually the least worriesome on the road. It's maiboxes and trash cans and roadkill and sewer grates and bicycles and people mowing grass that really scare the bejeezus out of em.
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post #4 of 23 Old 07-09-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Just be careful that he might slip on the road if it's paved. Have you had in your driveway with a car running next to him?
Actually I haven't ....I will try that out tomorrow and see how he does with that ..hmmm didn't even think of trying that
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post #5 of 23 Old 07-09-2012, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ironically cars and even motorcycles are usually the least worriesome on the road. It's maiboxes and trash cans and roadkill and sewer grates and bicycles and people mowing grass that really scare the bejeezus out of em.
So should I try and start to get him used to those things...minus the road kill , I am not working with that lol...But like maybe walking him down to our mailbox and what not? Now when my husband was bush hogging the pasture it didn't even bother them , we had to move them to another pasture so they would get out of the way . Also my husband will mow the sides of the driveway by their fence and they don't move ..is that good?
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post #6 of 23 Old 07-09-2012, 11:18 PM
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unfortunately don't think that desensitizing works all that well cause you never know what you will encounter out there. As long as there is little traffic I would just see what happens. You can deal with anything as long as you don't have to deal with it because a car is about to run you off the road. Where you describe seems pretty safe as long as your horse is not prone to bucking rearing or bolting I think you will be ok. Just remember to not tense up if you think there is a threat cause your horse will sense that and be scared of something that he might not be if you remain calm.
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How does Cash handle unusual things on the trail? His reaction will likely be similar on the road.

That would be the plus side of working him around unusual things. Not that you can prepare for everything, but you learn how he handles new things and how to respond in the best possible way.

Our horses have always been trail ridden a good bit before they are ridden on the road and we've never had a problem with anything except dogs. They'll come running out at the horses and don't stay on their property. We had one horse that would chase them right back though, and she helped make the other horses more confident.

Hopefully you won't have that problem, but if you do have neighbors with unruly dogs it might be something you want to think about ahead of time.
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post #8 of 23 Old 07-09-2012, 11:36 PM
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Best and most safest way is go with a horse that is already calm with riding on roads, if possible.
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post #9 of 23 Old 07-10-2012, 03:31 AM
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If you can take a human on foot or a lead horse it would help...

Dont turn and face any cars - Just stop at first then walk forward as they pass... until you can continue walking forward...

Dont think they will spook ride confidently and expect the best out of horses - they wont know that things arent meant to be there.... Ive never had any issues with any of my horses learning the road... My youngest I did do it in baby steps but every other hrose I just got out there and did it...

also slow cars down if you need to
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-10-2012, 07:29 AM
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The best way to get a horse accustomed to riding on the road is to saddle up, mount your horse and go for a ride on your road. That is what I did when I got my mare. Trying to analyze what your horse may or may not spook at is almost impossible to do. When you mount up have all the confidence you can find in your self and visualize having an uneventful, non-spooky and relaxed ride.
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