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Stakie 09-27-2012 10:09 PM

Ride for the cure--Trail ride
So I figured this was the best place to post this. So, I am getting ready for my first real trail ride off the farm. It will also be the first time using someone elses horse.

Does anyone have any tips for me? I will be riding with a few people from my barn and my fiance, which this will be his FIRST trail ride ever.

I plan on bringing water and snacks such as some sliced apples and some fruit bars and such. Also making tags in case something horribly goes wrong. (The tags will have the name of the horse, numbers for emergency, location of our barn etc) Making sure both me and my fiance have emergency phones and a small first aid kit.

Celeste 09-28-2012 09:12 PM

There are several threads in the trail riding section that suggest all sorts of things to take with you. I would suggest surfing through some of those. I hope you have a great time! How far will you be riding?

Stakie 09-28-2012 10:46 PM

It doesn't give me a distance but it does give me an estimate of about a 3 hour ride. Which is a good amount of time to ride in my opinion.

Stakie 09-30-2012 09:22 PM

I went to the stables today to check on the horses we will be riding. Today I got some input on how the ride normally goes and I was not happy with the response. I am going no matter what but now I am a bit worried. I heard that people on this trail ride are very inconsiderate. I am a very slow paced person and I don't appreciate being pushed and wizzed by. Actually find that quite scary. Even scarier when you are on a horse that isn't yours! How should I handle the situation if it should arise?

Slow and steady is what I hope for. I don't want to jet and I actually refuse to! Especially since this will be my fiance's first trail ride I want this to be a good experience.

usandpets 09-30-2012 09:59 PM

Do you know how the horses you are riding are behaved? Do they not like to be in back or in front of other horses?

If you can, tie a green ribbon in the horses tail. In my experience, that will tell others either a green horse or rider and they should take more care around you. However, that doesn't always happen.

If you trailer the horses there, get there early to let the horses settle before the ride. Also, this will give you a chance to meet up with other riders to go in a group together.

Let all the yahoos go first and start the ride near the back. Usually there is less commotion in the back because all the yahoos are ahead of you. You don't have to be the very last riders, especially if the horse doesn't like the feeling of being left behind.

A three hour ride can be anywhere from 6 to 10 miles. Horses usually walk around 3 mph, on average. If you figure in any stopping or going faster, the distance can be shorter or longer. Another factor is the terrain. Easy terrain you can go faster and farther. Rough will be slower and shorter.

We go on a ride every August. It's 12 miles long and takes about 4 to 5 hours including a stop for lunch. It's pretty easy terrain and there are 300 to 500 riders. It can be quite hectic at times. Usually, someone does get hurt. Our horses like to be out front, so no matter where we start, we end up there by the end.

This weekend we went on another ride. It was only about 67 riders but was over rougher terrain. It lasted about 3 hours but was only 5.5 miles. We also had to stop and wait for the rest of the riders at times. It was a more pleasant ride but more challenging.

Try to stay relaxed during the ride. Don't let yourself tense up. It need be, get off and walk for a little bit. There should be guides to help if you need it if it's an organized ride. Just remember to have fun and enjoy it.

ETA: bring with on the ride something to drink like water in bottles and something to munch on like granola bars. If it's going to be warm, you could freeze a couple bottles to help keep others cold.
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Stakie 09-30-2012 10:17 PM

Oh the green ties! I did not think of that! I will now put that on my list! Both the horses go on trail rides fairly often with their actual horse owners so they are more experienced with big trail rides then we are! I am nervous and excited. I don't want to feel pushed or being whizzed past. It's scary! (I know from experience.) But perhaps the ties will help. I just heard they are very disrespectful with that kind of stuff which makes me rather nervous. But I will NOT miss this trail ride! It's for a VERY important cause!

Celeste 10-01-2012 09:11 AM

If you are riding on well trained horses, they should do ok even if others go past you.

Stakie 10-04-2012 04:26 PM

Thank you. We'll see how it goes. My tummy is turning I am so nervous but I know it's going to be great fun!

Joe4d 10-04-2012 06:22 PM

Im sorry but this has bad news written all over it. A large party group ride is NOT the place to take novice riders on unknown horses.
Some one passing you isnt rude, its called someone passing you. They want to enjoy the day too and you shouldnt expect the entire world to walk on egg shells because of you.
Seriously you need to just find some quiet trails to go ride on and get a handle on your trail skills, react to some wierd situations, then add a couple other riders to the mix, maybe do the party rides next year.

Stakie 10-05-2012 12:09 AM

I find that rather rude that you assume I want everyone to walk on eggshells for me. I am doing this to support a good cause and I am not going to let anyone ruin it for me. And no, whizzing past full force past someone IS RUDE! Whether you think so or not, it is in a lot of peoples books RUDE. The ride is for everyone of every age, riding style and level of skill. Which means both me and my fiance are welcome. I was expressing my nervousness, which is normal.

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