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        04-15-2013, 03:55 PM
      #41
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Jolly Badger    
    I've actually heard some people try to justify it by saying "well, there aren't any garbage cans out there."
    Well, gee, I don't see any convenience stores out there, either, so how'd the beer get there in the first place?

    Personally, I can't see why anyone would drink beer (or anything fizzy) while riding. Sure, after riding (and untacking, grooming, &c) I might sit back and relax with a good beer, or these days a hard cider, but during? No thanks.
         
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        04-15-2013, 04:45 PM
      #42
    Trained
    I knew a guy that would drink a six-pack on an hour long ride. His wife made him pack the cans out, so that was no problem. He was getting a little bit tipsy when his horse got startled by a wild turkey and jumped a little to the side. He flew right off the horse and landed on his backside because he was too drunk to hang on. He got laughed at............
         
        04-18-2013, 11:44 AM
      #43
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    Well, gee, I don't see any convenience stores out there, either, so how'd the beer get there in the first place?

    Personally, I can't see why anyone would drink beer (or anything fizzy) while riding. Sure, after riding (and untacking, grooming, &c) I might sit back and relax with a good beer, or these days a hard cider, but during? No thanks.
    It's really not my preference, either. It's nice to kick back after the ride, sitting around the campfire once the horses are untacked and settled for the night, and enjoy a cold "adult beverage" in some form, but not on the trail.

    I'd rather just pack water, or maybe something like Gatorade, but nothing too fizzy. One time I bought what I thought was flavored water, thinking it would be refreshing. I guess I didn't read the label - turned out to be carbonated, which I discovered when I opened the bottle after several hours on the trail (including gaiting and cantering). It "blew up" and I ended up with lemon-lime fizz all over myself and my horse's neck. He just flicked his ears back at me and continued on as if nothing happened.

    The main thing about packing all that "beverage" is how much ice they pack, too. Sometimes I wonder if people give any thought at all to the total amount of weight they are asking their horses to carry.

    I was at Brown County, IN a couple of years ago, sitting in the campground one morning, watching a group of guys pack up for their ride. It took TWO GUYS to lift the ice-and-beer-filled saddle bags onto the horses' backs. . .and these were NOT skinny little guys, either.

    Yeah, the ice melts out and people usually drink all the beer themselves, or give it to their riding buddies during the ride, so that lightens the load a bit, but whenever I hear people say they don't want to weigh their horse down with their garbage, it makes me wonder what they think they were doing when they packed their saddle bags that morning.
         
        04-18-2013, 02:31 PM
      #44
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jolly Badger    
    It's really not my preference, either. It's nice to kick back after the ride, sitting around the campfire once the horses are untacked and settled for the night, and enjoy a cold "adult beverage" in some form, but not on the trail.

    I'd rather just pack water, or maybe something like Gatorade, but nothing too fizzy. One time I bought what I thought was flavored water, thinking it would be refreshing. I guess I didn't read the label - turned out to be carbonated, which I discovered when I opened the bottle after several hours on the trail (including gaiting and cantering). It "blew up" and I ended up with lemon-lime fizz all over myself and my horse's neck. He just flicked his ears back at me and continued on as if nothing happened.

    The main thing about packing all that "beverage" is how much ice they pack, too. Sometimes I wonder if people give any thought at all to the total amount of weight they are asking their horses to carry.

    I was at Brown County, IN a couple of years ago, sitting in the campground one morning, watching a group of guys pack up for their ride. It took TWO GUYS to lift the ice-and-beer-filled saddle bags onto the horses' backs. . .and these were NOT skinny little guys, either.

    Yeah, the ice melts out and people usually drink all the beer themselves, or give it to their riding buddies during the ride, so that lightens the load a bit, but whenever I hear people say they don't want to weigh their horse down with their garbage, it makes me wonder what they think they were doing when they packed their saddle bags that morning.
    Wow, I can't believe they put something that heavy on their horse. My friend read an article saying that no matter the size of the horse, the total weight a horse should carry is 250lbs. That includes the rider, the saddle, and everything else the horse is carrying. When I go trail riding my horse comes first. I always make sure he has access to water and give him some hay when necessary. Whenever I get back from a trail ride I immediately take all his tack off before I even consider doing anything for myself. When I was at Brown County, IN we were camping a few sites down from a large group and they went out for a few hours, came back and just sat around and drank beer the rest of the day into the night, all the while leaving their horses still completely tacked up and were not given any water. When I woke up the next morning, I found the horses still tacked up and their was garbage everywhere from their site. It was horrendous. We ended up calling the guard house and had DNR come and talk to them.
    I like to have a good time and relax after a good trail ride, but its not that hard to take the few minutes to take care of your horse first.
         
        04-18-2013, 04:51 PM
      #45
    Showing
    Oh, you can tote 'em in full but you can't step on the cans and tote 'em out empty.
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        04-19-2013, 01:09 AM
      #46
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jolly Badger    
    I'd rather just pack water, or maybe something like Gatorade, but nothing too fizzy. One time I bought what I thought was flavored water, thinking it would be refreshing.
    There's another thing about beer & most carbonated drinks (and sweet drinks, too): they just don't do much for my thirst. Drink one, and I want a tall glass of ice water afterwards.

    Then there's the whole drunk thing. I frankly do not like drunk people. I didn't even like myself when I used to drink a bit. So why screw up a perfectly good trail ride by going with someone I don't like?
         
        04-22-2013, 02:35 PM
      #47
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    There's another thing about beer & most carbonated drinks (and sweet drinks, too): they just don't do much for my thirst. Drink one, and I want a tall glass of ice water afterwards.

    Then there's the whole drunk thing. I frankly do not like drunk people. I didn't even like myself when I used to drink a bit. So why screw up a perfectly good trail ride by going with someone I don't like?
    Alcohol and caffeine will dehydrate you further then you already are which makes them terrible trail drinks.

    You don't like drunk people? I've learned drunk watching can be highly entertaining so long as I don't have to take care of them.
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        04-23-2013, 03:56 PM
      #48
    Foal
    Glass bottles are more popular out here. And I almost went bananas on people when not 1 but 2 were stepped on in a row while crossing a ditch. Just stupid. Horse was fine thankfully. But not only can it hurt them while riding - but people like to bale those ditches too. Really puts a burr in my backside when I come across a bunch in the tall grass bottoms.
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        04-23-2013, 11:36 PM
      #49
    Started
    I take water and snacks when I trail ride. And I smoke.

    And I pack it all back out again! You know when you leave what kind of trash you will be generating, so why not plan for it? I reserve a compartment in one of my saddle bags for trash, and cigarette butts go in a plastic bag to be thrown away in camp. The sense of entitlement and lack of respect in a lot of people today irritates me to no end.
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