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        08-30-2011, 05:42 AM
    Just another point, I notice many replies ride bare back. I can't do that. Keep fallin off. But I do it with style. Just thought I'd mention that.
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        08-30-2011, 08:49 AM
    Thanks guys. Dancer was never out of control on that ride. The only thing she did wrong was paw the ground when she got a little impatient waiting for the other horses to complete an "obstacle."

    I think what unnerved that lady was the fact that Dancer hadn't been ridden more than a few minutes at a time in several years. Our trainer friend had told everyone about that - not because she was worried, but that she was amazed at how well behaved Dancer was for not having been ridden in so long. (The trainer loves the way she moves for some reason. Dancer has a high stepping trot that is as smooth as butter - really looks unusual to me.)
        08-30-2011, 03:47 PM
    I know a few people who trail ride with a rope halter and a lead rope. When I met them for the first time I thought they were suicidal and I worried for my own life too, as we went trail riding together. Then I got to know their horses a bit more. To describe them as bombproof would be a huge underestimation of their temperament. We were out for the weekend and they didn't have a single problem with their horses, even when a few other horses decided to race up the hill, they wouldn't even walk faster until their riders asked them to. Now I wish I could ever go out with my horse like that, that must make one hell of an enjoyable ride. Though I'd probably miss my crazy gelding's little spooks at everything and fall asleep pretty soon... lol

    I found a photo of one of them from one of our rides (the grey horse). I LOVE this little pony. You could hop on him bareback and bridleless and ask him to walk through fire and he'd just do that.

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