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    11-20-2008, 10:51 AM
We were crossing a small wash ( Salt Wash) in the San Rafael Swell area of Utah. Four horses had crossed the wash, the 5th horse stepped on and his footing disappeared. The 1st four horses had pumped up the water, the sandy bottom had turned to jelly and wouldn't support the weight of the next horse. His front end dropped out of sight when he stepped onto the mud. His hind feet were still on solid ground. Of course the rider went over the head of the horse as the horse's front end dropped, and landed flat on his back in the little stream. Only about 1" deep water. The horse rolled out, but his nostrils, ears
And eyes were all full of sandy mud. This was a November Ride, so we had to warm up and dry out the rider.
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    11-21-2008, 02:58 AM
Every chance I get, I ride on trails that are potentially very dangerous. Of course I ride Mustangs so I don't worry about them keeping their footing. They are the most sure-footed horses I have ever ridden. We don't have mountains in texas but where I ride there are lots of gullys, caprocks, and steep hills down to creek beds. Those are the only areas that have trees so while going down a 75 degree angle, I have to trust my horse to avoid all the boulders and brush while I avoid the trees. :) LOL
    12-16-2008, 10:11 PM
Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
You mean stuff like this.
Narrow with drop offs on both sides.

Rocky Trails

Steep side hills


Slick Rock

And Ledges

Yeah, I kinda ride that stuff all the time.

That looks like fun! Unfortantley I think I'd be a nervous wreck trying to get my horse down anything like that. I took her out on the trails for the second time this past weekend and at every water crossing she would stop and refuse to go on. Luckily I am keeping her at a boarding facility where everyone loves going riding every weekend and they're really helpful with me being a beginner.
    12-30-2008, 08:51 PM
Wow painted horse, I don't think I could ever ride anything like that! I like well traveled trails and no steep cliffs...my horse feel down one one time and scared the crap out of me. I'm good with easy going trails.
    01-07-2009, 08:40 AM
WOW! My mare has trouble getting up a small hill let alone thatThats impressive.
All I have is dirt roads and dirt trails lol
Extreme horse riding lol
    01-07-2009, 01:17 PM
Green Broke
Now that's my kind of trails.
    01-07-2009, 04:42 PM
Too true, I so agree with .Delete. ... Those are deifnately my type of trails and the looks so fun!
    01-07-2009, 09:23 PM
Wow painted horse!!!! I would never go riding with you!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet your horses are in great shape!!!!!
    01-08-2009, 11:32 AM
I don't understand why someone would thru that much and risk that much.
    01-08-2009, 11:49 AM
I don't understand why someone would thru that much and risk that much.
It can be risky, but most of the time people who ride like that and in areas like that don't really even realize there's that much danger to it because it's just a natural place to ride. I bet the horses know every step of the way they've probably been over it so many times and everything. Yes, there's always a risk, but once you're through it it's so much more satisfying, IMHO, to look back and see something like those pictures show that to look back and see an arena or an open, bushhogged trail.

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