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Dakota7228 12-27-2012 07:45 PM

Riding at night
I dont know if I should post this here, if not let me know and i'll remove it.
So there were some peeople on one of those horse sites on facebook that were talking about how they love riding at night this time of year when the moon is full and really bright, I live in Minnesota so theres plenty of fluffy snow right now. I have never tried this but I have always wanted to, I was just wondering if this is a common thing or if anyone has done it and what people thought of it?

FaithCat 12-27-2012 08:00 PM

Personally, I think it's fine to ride at night as long as you are in a safe place that both you and your horse are used to. I have ridden in the later hours of the day because it is winter(the sun goes down sooner) and I have plently of homework after school. I will usually only ride in arenas if it is dark out.:-)

Joe4d 12-27-2012 08:06 PM

wear a helmet, keep your head down, trust the horse and hold on. Dont allow any white lights on the ride. No lights or red lens only.

PercheronPines 12-27-2012 08:12 PM

Lady and I love a trot through the trails on a moon filled night. Definitely stick to the trails you know inside and out so there are no surprise branches across the face or unknown holes for your horse to step into. It's a blast but be careful and keep it to walk and trot. Have fun and good luck!

Dakota7228 12-27-2012 08:43 PM

Thanks for the advice! We are going to try this tomorrow night because there is going to be a full moon, since it is going to be our first moonlit ride I am going to stay close to home, and ride in the field that we typically ride in because it know it so well. Thanks everyone! =]

Foxesdontwearbowties 12-27-2012 09:05 PM

I often feel like Bunny pays more attention to me and we work better in the dark. I personally am terrified of being in the dark alone, but when riding I don't even think about it. Less distractions for both of us I think, as long as nothing is jumping out of the bushes.
Have fun, be safe!

Dakota7228 12-27-2012 09:14 PM

I have heard that from a couple people who have done this. They said there horse responds a lot better. I know they have better night vision than us but I find that pretty interesting. It will be an adventure im sure because I am also terrified of being in the dark alone lol but I am excited to try something new!

Missy May 12-27-2012 10:19 PM

I use to ride at night in the summer w relatives/friends - often times on a daily basis. While snow might provide more light w a moon, that's just too cold for me to do on purpose!
I grew up ofte riding a "back home" after dark, which included a 3-4 mile stretch of dirt road. The road was paved one year. I guess b/c we had ridden it literally thousands of times, we didn't stop to think what that (being paved) meant, although it would have occured to me anywhere else on the planet. One night, I was on a very young gelding that had started crow hopping b/c I was holding him back from his "upset" over another horse having left the group. He wasn't giving up lightly, and had moved into the middle of the road, which so happened to be on the other side of a blind curve. B/c the road was paved, cars went much faster than prior. The road wasn't very traveled at all - ever, but sure enough, a car came around the curve whilst I was in the middle of it on a crow hopping horse. I wasn't aware the curve was there until I was blinded by headlights and heard the screaming screech of brakes. Needless to say, I was nearly killed.
I still ride at night on occasion (only when I lose track of time, not on purpose), but I do not ever go near pavement of any kind. I do not see any problem w riding at night and I think it can be very enjoyable long as one does not ever lose sight of the where they are at. I wouldn't do it alone.

Fish99 12-27-2012 10:20 PM

Riding at night is amazing especially when its cool like it is here and the moon lights our pastures me and my boy love riding at night.

Dakota7228 12-27-2012 11:58 PM

Missy May that would be pretty scary! Glad you're okay. Its all dirt roads where I am so I dont have to worry too much about that but im just going to stick to the field by the house until I get a feel for it. Since it is Minnesota its a little colder lol but the snow makes it so much more bright! I think its suppose to be 25 tomorrow night so it wont be too bad lol! ;]

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