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Riding at night?
I work 8-5 Monday thru Friday and it's dark after 4 around here but how bad is it to ride through open fields at night? Kinda wish I could do it because riding once a week isn't enough for me, it's my therapy and right now I have a lot going on and just wish I could ride for even 30 -45mins after work to wind down. It's not an arena and there isn't a ton of light so it's not like an outdoor arena, it's dark in a field. I can see but obviously I can't see 100% I even thought of using a head lamp to help light the area better. What do you think? Am I stupid?:?
Breast plate and makeshift headlights? :D
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I don't think its wise to ride at night, Your horse could stumble
or put a hoof into a hole and break its legs
or you can get thrown cause the horse spooks at something
Horse's see very well at night as long as there is moonlight. As long as you keep it slow, I doubt it would be dangerous.
Well my horse is a very good boy and doesn't seem to have really any issues other than just protesting when he's getting out of ear shot of his buddies but it's simply a field, usually gets hayed but this year it didn't. There is a flood light but I don't know if it hits the field enough to say so. The horses are being boarded at a family friend's house and they know when I've gone out riding and I have a check point text system with my fiance and some friends. They text me every 2 hours (depending on the ride) and I have 30 minutes to respond. If I don't respond they are not to call but simply call 911 for an ambulance, I'm pretty strict about it because I have fallen on the trail before with no one around. I always wear a helmet and if I rode it's only walk or a trot, he's hackney and a high stepper in the trot. :) I love it! So far it's a toss up though, some do and some don't.
Horses have good eyesight at night. There are baseball caps with lights in the front of the bill. I would wear reflective gear. Also, some horses can act "spooky" at night. You also want to be familiar with the area you are riding. Possibly not ride to fast etc. I have ridden often at night on my own property etc. and can be quite fun especially on a pretty moonlit night. Also, make sure someone knows you will be out and when expected back. Happy Trails
My independence is important to me but so is my safety. :) I have no one to ride with since I've moved so it can be dangerous, but my instincts are very good. Plus he is only a pony that is 13.3 hands so if I fall, it's not too far and with the field being slightly over grown the biggest worry I have is not being seen but then again I always wear my big puffy orange coat so it's easily seen. So between thick grass that's fallen and makes a 'blanket' and my puffy coat, I think I'm safe for the most part.
I was thinking of using this on my helmet:
And with Joker's suggestion, maybe this as well:
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