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post #21 of 45 Old 02-27-2012, 06:07 PM
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I would like to ride more by myself and get Biscuit to where he is comfortable with that. It does bite to have to make sure people can go when I want to go. I am sure it is that way for just about everyone.

When we ride out it is a "let's meet at this time" and we generally are all on time. I take longer to saddle up sometimes but not too much longer!!! Tell those women to step it up Joe!!!

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post #22 of 45 Old 02-27-2012, 06:26 PM
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I tell em to bring some chicken for me to eat when I get back. For the group rides I have learned to just show up early saddle up and go. COme back for a pit stop then ride out with the group for the social ride.
To the OP, "waiting" isnt going to accomplish anything. There will always be first rides out. Going with others isnt going to fix the problem. SOunds like he is fine with other horses around, Nothing is going to fix that better than riding out alone. Just gotta get on and do it. If he acts a fool get off and lead him a mile or so then get on and repeat.
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To the OP, "waiting" isnt going to accomplish anything. There will always be first rides out. Going with others isnt going to fix the problem. SOunds like he is fine with other horses around, Nothing is going to fix that better than riding out alone. Just gotta get on and do it. If he acts a fool get off and lead him a mile or so then get on and repeat.
I agree that waiting isn't going to fix the problem. However, if I get more ride time in (leading, following, coming back alone, etc), then I'm going to become a better rider. When I'm a better and more confident rider, then I think I will be in a better position all the way around for those "first rides".

Before I had kids, I was a lot braver. Now that I have many of them, I think twice about stuff. My friend is like you Joe, she says that I just have to do it. I will, but not quite yet.
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I agree that waiting isn't going to fix the problem. However, if I get more ride time in (leading, following, coming back alone, etc), then I'm going to become a better rider. When I'm a better and more confident rider, then I think I will be in a better position all the way around for those "first rides".
You are wise to gradually increase the separation between your horse and others.

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If I didnt ride alone I wouldnt get much riding in. It has gotten so bad I almost can't stand to ride with anyone. Seems like I am either holding my horse back out of their butt, or constantly having to stop and wait. That's if I can ever actually get them in the saddle. Don't know what it is about women (almost all of the riders I know are women) but they seem to have a completey different view of time than I do, When I say ride out a 10, that means ride out at 10, not come dragging butt into the parking lot at around 11.
We'd probably get along just fine then.

I'm former military. Being ready to go at 10 means being mounted and walking off at 9:55.

If I had my druthers I'd only walk when the trail is too hairy to take at a trot or a canter. And if something gets in the way I'd rather jump it than walk over it.
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DOnt know what it is about women (almost all of the riders I know are women) but they seem to have a completey different view of time than I do, When I say ride out a 10, that means ride out at 10, not come dragging butt into the parking lot at around 11.
I think you need to talk to the horse guys we ride and drive with Heading out at 10 for them means unload the horses, have a few drinks, harness/saddle your horses, have a few drinks, wait for everyone else to finish harnessing, have a few drinks, wait a little longer to see if anybody else is coming, get your horses hitched, then start ambling out at 12.

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OMG Pintophile, I'd be like Joe - and just go. That is ridiculous.

My cousin and I ride together all the time...we say be at the park at 10 or 12 or 7:30 in the summer months and we arrive at that time and ride out as soon as we are tacked up. When we ride with our trail group she posts the meet up time as say 9:00 and ride at 9:30. That gives people time to tack up if they are hauling in or whatever but pretty much, we ride at the appointed time. Those who aren't ready can bring up the rear and catch up!!

We have a pretty respectful group - if they aren't they wouldn't be invited or we wouldn't wait on them. Pissy people aren't allowed!!! They suck the fun out of the ride!!!
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Try this on for size... A horse needs to be taught that it is not trapped in being isolated when separated from other horses. I train new horses the following way, but old horses with bad habits can be more difficult. Ride the horse away from the 'barn' or other horses. After a very short distance when you start to feel the horse get slightly antsy, walk back to the barn. When you feel him relax by dropping the head, licking the lips, cocking the leg, etc, go out again. Repeat this many times while going out a little farther and then coming back not as far. Try to mix up the routine by going different directions, different duration, getting on and off while away and at home. Like anything, horses learn by repetition and in this case to be away from other horses and not panic, but be careful to not establish the exact routine that will allow him to become disrespectful. You can use this principle while riding with other horses - move away from the group then come back even if the distance at first is 5-10 ft. Do as above. If you can sense the attitude of the horse and it has not developed bad habits, you will eventually be able to solo comfortably.
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I think you need to talk to the horse guys we ride and drive with Heading out at 10 for them means unload the horses, have a few drinks, harness/saddle your horses, have a few drinks, wait for everyone else to finish harnessing, have a few drinks, wait a little longer to see if anybody else is coming, get your horses hitched, then start ambling out at 12.
I'd take off on them. Homey don't do that.
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I'd take off on them. Homey don't do that.
The good news is that horses certainly learn to stand tied on these rides

I actually don't mind it. I would never want to deal with it every weekend, but the big, 'slow-paced' rides are three or four time a year occasions, and it's nice to have a few drinks and catch up with people, or meet new people and horses and what have you. That's probably the one time that tardiness doesn't irritate me.

The fewer people there are, the more punctual we can be, but yeah, the big rides are only once in a while (can you tell why?).

Very few people I ride with have any real concept of time. I was raised to always be at an event before it starts, and leave yourself lots of time. So many people come in dragging their asses half an hour late and then take their sweet time getting ready, and boy, does it ever get annoying.

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