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sydney 10-04-2008 09:05 AM

Trail riding alone
Does anyone here go on trail rides by themselves?

10 years ago when i had my other horse, a crazy ex racer I never thought twice about it and would take him out on a trail by myself, he couldnt be ridden in the arena so all we could do was trails so maybe thats why, i just got use to it.

Now I have my new horse, I have taken him on about 3 trail rides so far but we have been with people.

I ride him in the arena 5 days a week, I'd like to take him on more trail rides so he doesnt get bored, but its hard to find someone who will go, im thinking of going alone but is that crazy?

He does good on the trails, he has spooked once so far, im not sure how he will be with no other horses with him.

Should I just go for it?

Cat 10-04-2008 10:29 AM

Sure - why not? I would, especially if he has done good so far.

Now the things I would do is let someone know where you are going and how long you plan to be. The first couple times you should have a route planned out and stick to it so that if something should happen they know where to start looking. Bring a cell phone if you have one and let your contact person know if plans change . Also, keep the first couple short until you know how he is going to react and then build up to longer ones as you and his comfort level increases.

Be safe and have fun!

geewillikers 10-04-2008 12:06 PM

I take Willy out alone all the time. I like to ride alone, and I think it's good for him to separate form the other horses, stop thinking about the barn, and most of all - to be brave!! :) He is very brave :) Sometimes he weaves, and if I ask him to "ho" and he's by himself, he has no problem doing just that :? . I never let him gallop home, and if he gets to pushy on the way home, I do lots of stop exercises, circles, and sometimes I just turn him right around and go back the other way. He's great most of the time.

I would just try it, and see how he does. You may be surprised. If he gets fresh, just try some exercises with him to keep his mind off of being all alone. When he seems relaxed and comfy, give lots of praise, and maybe reward him by turning back towards the barn.

horsey*kisses 10-04-2008 12:48 PM

i take my horse on rides alone alot because i too have no one to ride with, i always take my phone and my grandparents always know where i am, when i go on long ones by myself i always tell someone where im going and my phone is always with me
so i say go for it, if you are confident enough, if your nervous hes going to pick up on that and he'll be antsy
o and have fun!!

myboydoc 10-04-2008 09:12 PM

I would go for it. I have trail ridden alone alot. just let peaople know where you are. Horses like to have some space sometimes. I know mine do.Have fun!

my2geldings 10-04-2008 09:48 PM

I wouldn't say it's stupid. Sometimes unfortunately you just dont have any other option. I lived out of town on an acreage all my life and always went trail riding on my own as I was the only horse person, and no one in the area near me actually rode horses.I now live in town and board my horses(which is much nicer!).

If you want to go on a trail, I would try to do so when there is at least one person at the barn whom you can talk to and let know you are leaving. If not that, I would go out in a busy area where you know someone is likely to find if something were to happen. Also make sure you have a working cell phone with you.

We are part of a risky sport and unfortunately even with the best measures accidents happen.

My cell phone once saved me. Had a bad fall in a very busy area but was still not found. Was able to call for help and people quickly found me and I was able to receive medical attention quickly.

So make sure you have a cell phone and someone knows where you are.
Good Luck

sempre_cantando 10-05-2008 05:49 AM

I quite often go by myself on my usual mare. I rather enjoy the peace and quite of riding through the countryside lol I wouldn't go by myself on a very young or spooky horse though.
I just let people know roughly where I'm going and approx when I'll be back. I always take my phone too in case of emergencies!
*tip* make sure your horse isn't scared of your ring tone before you ride!

kitten_Val 10-06-2008 07:10 AM

I do 90% of my time. It's VERY hard to accommodate everyone's schedule and lots of people around don't ride on weekends (while I can't ride on weekday due to work).

nascarcats 10-06-2008 08:19 PM

I ride alone all the time. It is actually my "thinking" time. I can solve many a problem on the back of my horse while riding alone. Go for it. You will find you will enjoy it.

Bitless 10-06-2008 08:50 PM

In fact Banjo behaves better on his own any way, so it kinda makes for a easier ride.

Altho one of my scariest rides happened the first time i went to the big beach on my own, on the way back my boy got bogged into thick black mud up to his stomach...i fell off into the mud also...... but we both got out unhurt..but covered in mud and had to ride over 1/2 hour home like that , lol, as it was low no water to wash off the mud.

But yea .... rideing alone is fine for me as its what i have done most of the time.

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