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    02-26-2014, 07:06 AM
  #31
Green Broke
I can't say I've ever had an issue with people in the National forests...

I've been "rushed", or assaulted, by hikers dogs a couple of times.

Off lease dogs have danged near got a bullet a couple of times. If one ever bites...shame on them...
     
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    02-27-2014, 06:13 AM
  #32
Weanling
Generally speaking I think that campers tend to respect other campers. The only "theft" I ever experienced in parks was by critters. Oh and the one time a lost troop of cub scouts, devoured my water supply. They had gotten lost on what was supposed to have been a 2 mile hike and had been going in circles for hours. They found my camp, and attacked my flat of water bottles, all while their den leader was shouting at them to stop, I heard them and went to check it out, I just laughed (who can get mad at little kids?), gave the poor guy a beer, loaded them all in the truck and drove them to their campsite. They made me a nice little thank you card, that stays in my camp box to this day!
     
    03-02-2014, 01:04 PM
  #33
Weanling
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Originally Posted by aureliusandoinky    
Do you think they would be more prone to mess with walkers or people who aren't on horses?
Very little crime here in the Midwest, not even theft from trailers surprisingly.
The hikers and others I meet on the trail generally seem
somewhat frightened of horses and I wouldn't hesitate to run them down
if I felt threatened.
Guess that's why the mounted police idea works so well-
non horse people are usually very intimidated by the sheer size
of them!
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    03-02-2014, 01:19 PM
  #34
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Chasin Ponies    
Very little crime here in the Midwest, not even theft from trailers surprisingly.
The hikers and others I meet on the trail generally seem
Somewhat frightened of horses and I wouldn't hesitate to run them down
If I felt threatened.
Guess that's why the mounted police idea works so well-
Non horse people are usually very intimidated by the sheer size
Of them!
Being a horse owner/rider I have even more respect for mounted police and their horses. Why? Because I know a well trained horse will do whatever their rider asks so I know for a fact if given a command that horse will trample me and I know just how much it can hurt when it's accidental! Non horse people don't know enough to know how afraid they should be.
     
    03-02-2014, 02:03 PM
  #35
Yearling
We have had very little trouble on trails, just annoyances.

1. Some hikers do seem to feel that the trails belong to them sometimes, but most offer to step out off the trail if it is narrow and steep and would be difficult for the horses to do. And offer compliments about the horses.

2. Some dogs will charge at our horses, but that is why its great to have our dog-friendly dogs with us. They are the meet and greet brigade! I do keep a can of hornet spray hanging on my saddle if I am in a place where dogs have bothered me in the past.

3. ATV's on trails where they are not allowed. But again, 90% of ATV riders we run into are courteous and kind, offering to let us go by, worried about our horses. Of course, my horses don't spook at ATV's. They are more likely to salivate as they approach, looking for a leaf of alfalfa!

4. Kids partying in campouts. Last summer, we rode into a remote area called Seven Lakes Basin. We encountered a group of teens at Cliff Lake that I think threw rocks at us while we floated on the lake.

Haven't seen any pot gardens in years, but that may be due to the fact that cows, elk and deer are very fond of hemp for dinner.
     
    03-02-2014, 04:41 PM
  #36
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Foxtail Ranch    

4. Kids partying in campouts. Last summer, we rode into a remote area called Seven Lakes Basin. We encountered a group of teens at Cliff Lake that I think threw rocks at us while we floated on the lake.
/sigh almost landed a job in Kfalls last year so I could start riding down there but alas I lost out to another person.
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    03-03-2014, 06:16 PM
  #37
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
/sigh almost landed a job in Kfalls last year so I could start riding down there but alas I lost out to another person.
That would have been awesome! Its a great place to ride, that is for sure.

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