Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Dangerous trails, riding on the edge
All I do is trail ride, but I got to wondering just how many people ride the way I do.
Out here, we've got miles upon miles of trails... 4-wheeler trails, logging trails, hunting trails... private property that I can access to and everything else...
We also have trails that crisscross all over our mountains. That's what I'm wondering... I'll admit, I ride very dangerously sometimes when I ride on the mountain trails. Not 'dangerous' as running or anything, but 'dangerous' as in I go places where one misstep would cause the horse to fall and we'd probably both be injured or killed. I take my mare down nearly straight up and down inclines of mud and soft grass, rock and dirt. I ride around very gravelly areas near and in places where it would be hard to walk through. I ride at places where, if we fell, we'd fall off a cliff and most likely both die or get seriously injured. I take my girl up and down things that would be impossible to get up on foot.
How many others ride in places like this? It's very fun, the danger makes it more exciting... and when you get up there, to your destination, or through the trail it's awesome to look back and think 'I just went through that'... It really gives me an appreciation for the trust me and my mare have... I don't ride like that everyday, but at least twice a month.
Anyone else ride on the edge at times? Lol.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)