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    01-11-2010, 11:00 AM
There is a lot of good advice here! I have to say that I probablly wouldn't go alone, just for safety issues only. And if you don't go alone, as stated above make sure the other person/horse you are with is quite experienced on the trails. If you do go alone, obviously, carry a cell phone with you, and also, if possible, carry a leadrope and halter, but make sure you have somewhere to latch it to on the saddle so that it doesn't get in the way of things.
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    01-11-2010, 03:02 PM
That is a very good point. If you do go on your own make sure you have a halter and lead rope. I always carry a 12ft line with me and keep the halter on under the bridle. The 12ft of rope gives me comfort, if anything goes pear shaped I can get off and get 12ft away from my horse. Also great for leading a horse over rough ground and you want to be well away from your horse.

Everytime I saddle up my horse my 12ft line gets tied to my saddle I never leave home without it.
    01-11-2010, 08:48 PM
I too never leave home without a rope on my saddle. It is also about 12 feet with a snap braided in one end and a ring knoted in at a certain distance. I snap the rope around his neck and quickly fashion a halter in case I need to tie him or if I find a strange horse in the bush. I can pony it out with my rope halter. I also have a good pair of wire cutter in a case permenently attached to my working saddle. I carry hobbles and a sharp knife also
    01-11-2010, 09:19 PM
I too just head out on my own without a buddy. Some good pointers about safety, though I don't take a lead rope. It's just one more thing to think about. I prefer to go alone because then my schedule is completely mine and I can take as long as I want to work through any little hiccoughs. I do have a riding buddy that is very patient, but sometimes I will take 30 minutes to accomplish one thing and I find that is too much to ask of someone else to wait for, no matter how patient.
    01-11-2010, 09:34 PM
Green Broke
I guess I've gotten spoiled having people to ride with Me and Shay-la have taken young green horses out on trails so often, the entire point of the ride is to take as long as possible to ensure everything is done happily, not to actually go for a trail ride. One is always mounted on the old reliable mare Dove and the other on a youngster. I'll remember that next time I take for granted my riding partner! It's nothing for one of us to spend 10-20 minutes to get through a scary ditch. I don't think it's ever even crossed either of our minds to insist the other hurry up - we've both ridden enough greenies to know the importance of doing it right the first time.
    01-11-2010, 09:49 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
I guess I've gotten spoiled having people to ride with
I actually prefer to ride alone. I have 2 ladies that like to ride with me but I find people just slow me down or force me to compromise. I prefer not to talk alot since it takes away from my quiet time, my time with my boy.
Finding someone tough enough to run endurance with me is the problem.
I took a young girl out Sunday, 15 or 16 years old on a horse I borrowed for her and she proved to be very capable but too young to spend too much time with. I worked at a good working trot for about 1 1/2 hours and she seemed fine but again I don't want to ride with a kid.
    01-11-2010, 09:58 PM
Green Broke
Ah, c'mon RiosDad, I spent my entire youth riding with old coots like you When I grew up at my grandpa's, the only people I had to ride with were a bunch of 40-50 yera old cowboys who lived about 10 miles away. So at 15-17 years old, I'd just head out on my tough as nails little Arab to Lindsey's place (yes, a guy), then ride 10-20 miles with them and then 10 miles home again! I swear, everyone in the area recognized that little bay mare.

I enjoy rides alone, but riding with Shay-la is perfect because we're so alike. I don't think either of us has ever said no if the other one says "want to go farther?" We completed our first endurance ride together, we literally do everything together and as long as we're on horses, neither of us much cares where we go or how far it is. I'd definitely have reservations if it was anyone else because most people can't keep up with us.
    01-11-2010, 10:11 PM
If it weren't for 'older people', I certainly wouldn't have gotten the experience I did on the trails...I know it's not for everyone though, and I would rather ride with people who want to be with me, than someone doing it because they feel they don't have a choice.

To the OP, do what you feel is most comfortable for you and your horse; don't push him too far, especially on his first ride, if he seems nervous. If he is cool then go a little further. As has been mentioned your horse will only be as calm as you are, so ride confidently, and even if there are little spooks here and there, the ride should go pretty well.
    01-11-2010, 10:45 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Ah, c'mon RiosDad, I spent my entire youth riding with old coots like you
I am just not comfortable around young girls like that. I prefer older ladies, not too old but certainly not a teenager.
    01-11-2010, 11:53 PM
I have had a surfeit of people to ride with over the lastcouple of years, previous to that I have ridden on my own only. The last good ride I went on was on my own, by choice. I enjoy the freedom of riding on my own, I haven't found anyone who can keep up with me. I don't mean to sound arrogant it is just that because I have my own business and work from home I can manage my hours to give me optimum riding time so my horse is a lot fitter than my friends. I always feel bad when their horses are sweating and blowing and mine has barely broken a sweat.

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