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dashygirl 09-30-2009 07:24 PM

Your worst trail experience
I'd like to hear some of your stories about the worst experience you've had on the trail (or stories you've heard from other people). It could be an accident, something you've seen, how a horse has reacted to something, etc.

Mingiz 09-30-2009 07:46 PM

Howdy dashygirl:D My worst ever trail riding experience. We were riding in the mountains and coming back in we got on the dirt road and my mare and my friends MFT had been having a hissy contest with each other all day. We were at an ext trot and I never felt it but I heard it, my mare in stride kicked out to hit my friends horse and instead got my friend right about his boot and broke his leg. I never had felt so bad in my life...Needless to say I traded her for 2 grulla fillies.. She was a great ride and trail horse but had a streak in her and she would rear and lunge forward so after she had done that on a mountain trail a few times and then broke my friends leg she had to go....:mrgreen:

dashygirl 10-01-2009 09:06 AM

Oh my goodness! Your poor friend!

ChevyPrincess 10-01-2009 10:40 AM

That is horrible! Let's see, my worst trail expirence... the first time I rode my mare on a trail was horrible. She likes to walk out, but, none of my other friends horses did that, and plus she is old and grumpy. So she would through a fit every time I had to turn her around and go back to the others. She is SO impatient! I ride her in a hackamore because she has a teeth problems, and we had to cross a road, and a car was coming, and she didn't want to stop. I wheeled her around in a circle, and the dumb driver didn't slow down, so her but was inches from his car, and she didn't know what it was, so she kicked out at it! Luckily, she missed the car!! But it was an overall, scary, annoying, not enjoyable ride. :?

Mingiz 10-01-2009 10:46 AM

Well he wasn't as upset about it as I was. But it did help him to quit smoking. His Dr told him that it would take him longer to heal up. So he did and is still smoke free....:D

justsambam08 10-01-2009 12:06 PM

Well, we were riding out on trails that these horses had been on probably hundreds of times before. It was myself, my mother, some other people, and the BO. I was on my BO's new rescue, who she'd taken out plenty of times so she was confident that I could take her out. We were on the last leg of the trail, when all of the sudden my horse just bolted. To this day I have no idea what I did, or if I did anything, to set her off, but I held on for a good few minutes before finally just letting myself fall. I stupidly put my arms out, I even knew it was stupid as I was falling, and I shattered my right wrist.

I did go back one other time to that particular barn, and of course the BO put me on a dead horse and I was thinking to myself "I want to GO" the whole time we were out on a trail. I'm such a speed demon xD

ChevyPrincess 10-01-2009 12:42 PM

Ouch! I am super lucky. I have never broke a bone on a horse fall, luckily.

fuzzyfeet 10-01-2009 04:05 PM

Hmmm, I've got 2:
my first one was when I first started trail riding (I was 10 and my pony was 4, not a great combo) we where crossing a really shallow stream (like a foot and a half in the deep spots) and Wally decided he didn't want to go in the water, so I got off and led him through, and he bumped into me half way across, and I landed face down in the very muddy water. My aunt and her friend, who I was riding with, had a real hoot about that one. The other time, we where galloping, and Wally figured it might be fun to stop and put his head down. lol. You can imagine what happened from there.

dashygirl 10-01-2009 04:22 PM


Originally Posted by fuzzyfeet (Post 416913)
we where crossing a really shallow stream (like a foot and a half in the deep spots) and Wally decided he didn't want to go in the water, so I got off and led him through, and he bumped into me half way across, and I landed face down in the very muddy water.

Something similar to that happened to me. I was riding this horse I was trying out to buy, and we were crossing a river (something he was very acclimated to doing) when he decided to plop right down and have a good 'ol roll in the water. I jumped off before he had the chance to lay on my leg and I had to have someone chase him down so I could get back on! It was quite funny.

dee 10-01-2009 05:13 PM

My worst experience was not something that happened to me, but that happened to my husband - and I had to watch helplessly.

We were trail riding with our local round up club when a helicopter flew low overhead. I mean LOW! I could have stood up on my horse's back and grabbed the landing gear. I don't know what was in that pilot's mind - safety sure wasn't! Anyway - a lot of the horses spooked - but my mare just danced around a little. However, my husband's horse took off in a blind panic and both horse and husband disappeared over the side of a deep gully. We all raced to the side of the gully and you could see where the horse had rolled down the side. The horse was standing at the bottom, soaking wet but hubby was nowhere to be seen. After a couple of seconds, he popped up out of the water choking and spitting. The horse was unhurt and all hubby got out of it was muddy clothes and a very bloody scratch over his eye. We were not very smart, because he climbed back up on his horse and we finished the trail ride - another 6-7 miles. We never did figure out who was flying the helicoptor and/or why it was so low. Probably a good thing, too!

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