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post #1 of 25 Old 04-12-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Not riding young horses by your self.

So does anyone have thh problem they wont ride young horses by themself. My family is all gone this weekend and I dont ride my young horses without someone there. Im kinda wondering what im going to do. I will be riding my 4 year olds all day but in not alowed by my wife to ride the 2 or 3 year olds.
Anyone else have that problem of not being able to ride horses if someone isnt there to make sure your ok.
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post #2 of 25 Old 04-12-2012, 05:48 PM
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Yes. I have a Morgan mare who was broken 2 years ago and for the first year and a half my mom insisted that someone had to be home while I rode. Yes it was kind of annoying but one day when she decided to have a hissy fit, which consisted of her backing up and not going forward no matter what. Well this time she was going back so fast she slipped fell and it all happened so fast that I didn't have time to bail so she fell on my right leg. Nothing serious happened to either of us it was muddy so soft ground :) but that made me realize why my mom insisted on it. And I'm glad I listened! :)

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post #3 of 25 Old 04-12-2012, 05:49 PM
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My mare is 11, but she can be a handful. I often won't ride her if no one is around. She's getting better, tho, so she may someday go on the 'ride anytime' list with my geldings.

Of course, on the worst ride we've had in 4 years, having my daughter around to yell, "Her eyes are rolling like a slot machine!" wasn't REALLY all that helpful. I could tell by all the diarrhea she was spreading around the arena that she was scared...
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post #4 of 25 Old 04-12-2012, 05:52 PM
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I think you have to decide what you're doing. Have a cell phone on you, of course. If I decide I'm going to do ground work and conditioning in a familiar setting (just long trotting in our arena), then I'll take my chances and have a short session. But if I'm going to be pushing my horse or teaching it something new and confusing, or combating a problem like bucking or bolting, I wouldn't. If the horse is apt to be hot, I wouldn't, but if the horse is a dead-head, I would. Knowing your horse and recognizing the signs of a problem is the best you can do.
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post #5 of 25 Old 04-12-2012, 05:53 PM
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I won't ride the young horses at the barn without someone on the property. Even when I ride my 22 year young man, I call or text someone to let them know when I get on and when I get off. It's too easy for a simple accident to happen.

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post #6 of 25 Old 04-12-2012, 07:01 PM
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I'm bad about this one. I broke 2 horses out 3 days ago. The first day I had people there ready to intervene just in case. Both horses were buck or rear. The second day I saddled both one was around, but I rode anyway, and again angels . Of course I had my helmet on..both times and did ample groundwork to make sure they were on base with moving foreward, but some would probably say it's probably not smart to ride a horse, let alone 2, for their second time ever without anybody else around. Oh well.

Funny though...I don't like my boyfriend cruising around on horses while I'm not home. Makes me so nervous.

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post #7 of 25 Old 04-12-2012, 07:07 PM
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Sometimes you just have to. At least in my world.

Sure, I'm careful, but I'm careful every time I ride regardless of the age of the horse. I do carry my cell on me, not in saddle pockets. It's also one reason I carry a gun. So I can signal if I get in a spot and can't get out.

Every time I go out by myself, I call someone and give them the general direction or area in which I will be riding. I know about how long it will take and give a time by which I will call again. If they don't hear from me they would get someone to come look. Before cell phones, I wrote a note with all that information on it and left it on the kitchen table.

I do the same thing if I hop in the shower or tub when I'm home alone. I've seen too many people who either got injured in their tub, or more often, got hypothermia from a tub/shower accident when no one knew to check on them. I do the same for all my friends -- be their phone contact.
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post #8 of 25 Old 04-12-2012, 07:17 PM
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My parents will let me ride the 3 year old and my 4 year old by myself, but get wary when I take my 11 year old nut head out :P In your case, i think it's because young horses are ridiculously unpredictable and stuff can go south really fast.

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post #9 of 25 Old 04-13-2012, 01:50 AM
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I think it's smart to not ride without someone on the property particularly with greener horses.

I had a dangerous horse and I would frequently be the only person on the property as there was no way around it. I would call the hub before jumping on, and agree to call again in an hour. Then I had the dilemma, ride with my cell in my pocket and risk smashing it if I come off - or put it on the gate and drag myself to it if I needed to. I opted for the gate option but thankfully never had to use it.
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post #10 of 25 Old 04-13-2012, 02:14 AM
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My mum says that I have to have someone at home and they have to know I'm going for a ride if its one of the boys just because they can both be a bit naughty sometimes. I ride my old girl pepper by myself all the time though. I have even gone for a couple of trail rides on my own when I was home alone on her but I always let someone know where I was at all times. I would personally like for someone to be around if I was riding a young/green horse though just to make me more comfortable.

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