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post #21 of 37 Old 02-18-2014, 03:35 PM
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I ride 90% of the time alone in the National Forest. I think people on horseback are not generally seen as good victims. Though I have seen a few wierdos over the years, I've never felt threatened. In 30 years, I never had the rig broken into, but I always lock it.

My biggest concern now in the National Forest is the pot gardens. There are some huge ones out here in the West, run by Mexican Cartels. I've heard complaints from hunters that they were shot at. I just try to avoid areas with a lot of water and known hangouts of those people. There are some areas where you just don't go on a horse, jeep, ATV or anything else.
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post #22 of 37 Old 02-18-2014, 04:52 PM
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My biggest concern now in the National Forest is the pot gardens. There are some huge ones out here in the West, run by Mexican Cartels. I've heard complaints from hunters that they were shot at. I just try to avoid areas with a lot of water and known hangouts of those people. There are some areas where you just don't go on a horse, jeep, ATV or anything else.
While I never had this happen to me personally while living out West, the lady I did a lot of riding with made it very clear that if at any point we saw pot plants, the plan was to turn tail and run like hell back up the trail. She apparently came around a corner once and came face-to-face with a man with a shotgun guarding a potfield, who made it perfectly clear she was unwanted.


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I've run across a few abounded pot plantations it never an active one thankfully. Even tho dee ones make me nervous because they are known to booby trap them and not be considerate enough to remove them when do e.
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post #24 of 37 Old 02-18-2014, 11:05 PM
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My biggest concern now in the National Forest is the pot gardens. There are some huge ones out here in the West, run by Mexican Cartels.
Even if that's not wildly exaggerated by the drug warriors, it's likely to change in the next few years, as more states follow the lead of Colorado & Washington.
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post #25 of 37 Old 02-19-2014, 01:26 PM
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Never had problems in the national/state forests. Mostly we have seen hikers if anything. Up at Sam Rayburn there are sometimes people on the water that pull up the the beaches a little on the drunk side.

Closer to home is the park we ride in all the time. We aren't in the woods right now due to muddy conditions but unfortunately, Tyrrell Park is the hang out for men looking to hook up on the down low as they say.

Not deep in the trails - generally right off of the city road that loops through the park/golf course area. We have found intimate articles of clothing, ummm....a prophylactic hanging on a branch which nearly caused Kellie and I to have a cow. and last year....porno torn out of a magazine (hard core very graphic) tacked to a tree and then other pages dropped on the trail Hansel and Gretel style out to the trail head. We reported that to the police. We see single men riding round and round...okie dokie.

Ran into a men on the trail but they were actually really hiking...and I am sitting on a 1200 lb horse that can haul hinny. I am always very cautious to engage them so they know I am alert and watching and away I go. Wouldn't be above running over them on Biscuit. Ran into a guy hunting last year illegally. Dang...city guy told us they arrested him and he is still in jail.

So yeah....we run into a few creeps but for the most part I feel safe out there even by myself. They so are not interested in me.

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post #26 of 37 Old 02-20-2014, 11:39 AM
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I ride alone in a nearby state park pretty often in the summer. I've never felt unsafe, though I certainly try to take the less busy trails to avoid the bulk of the hikers and mountain bikers.

I stumbled across this video recently, and it's probably good stuff to know just in case:
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post #27 of 37 Old 02-20-2014, 12:03 PM
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^ When they were turning the horse all I could think was that it would be my luck that my mare would kick the guy, stomp on the guy or just look at him and go: "Oh, you're taking my rider off my back for me? How considerate!!!! Here let me help you kind stranger!"

Seriously though, good stuff to know!
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Once when we were in a "Wilderness Area" (Sumac Creek trail in the Cohutta Mtn. Of N. Georgia), as we were coming back to the truck/trailer after an all day ride, we noticed an old guy walking around with a rifle in his arms. Husband said softly to me.. "get your gun available". I already had it out of the holster in a coat pocket, hand on it but not on the trigger!
The guy came up to us wanting a clothes hanger, he had locked his keys in his truck. I hung back while hubby talked to him, it really seemed fishy to me because we were in the middle of nowhere!
Actually, it was true, the truck was locked and they keys were in the ignition. The old guy was about to break the window when another car drove by and he flagged it down, they happen to have a clothes hanger and they guy got the keys..
While it did end up being legitimate... it didn't look that way at all at the beginning. I was prepared and hubby was leary. We have since talked about a similar situation.. I told him if he ever even thought I might shoot to be ready for the horses to bolt. (they don't like gunshots). I keep the gun because if we did come upon a situation he would be the one the "bad guys" would be watching for a gun.. plus I am a better pistol shot than he is.. hehe!!!

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post #29 of 37 Old 02-25-2014, 10:38 AM
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Rhonda, I talked to an instructor on a police range sometime back and he told me that he thought that women were better handgun shooters than men - especially beginners. They listened better. I personally think that women in general have a steadier hand as well.
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post #30 of 37 Old 02-25-2014, 12:09 PM
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Verona--That's a really interesting video. Good stuff to know, though I hope I never need to use it xD

I didn't even realize people could grow pot in National Forests. I mean like... logistically, not legally xD How interesting.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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