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post #31 of 33 Old 03-22-2012, 01:04 AM
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Years ago, we had a Foxtrotter judge come out to Utah to judge an event. We took him for an afteroon ride and basically scared him for life with ride up what we thought was normal hillside.

A few years later he was judging a CTR that I was competing in, He happen to be judging a steep down hill descent. When he saw me and my daughters, He said, "Just go on. I'm not even going to watch you, I know you know how to go up and down steep hills"

I realize that not everybody has steeps to practice on like we have.
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post #32 of 33 Old 03-22-2012, 05:22 AM
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Maybe there is another very important point to be made at this juncture.

The prime responsibility of any rider when setting out on a trail ride or hack is to get him or herself AND the horse back to the stable yard safely.
When one takes up the reins, one assumes the overall responsibility for safety.

It is fun to test one's riding ability, but not at the expense of risk to the horse.
The human makes his/her own choice, the horse invariably has to do what it is told.
If the rider puts the horse in a situation which is beyond the capability of the animal either for lack of fitness, lack of schooling, temperament or capability then any injury to that horse would be due to the rider's incompetence.

Down hill riding is one quite dangerous pursuit - if the slope looks too steep and if it cannot be negotiated in zig zag fashion, then that cannot be the place to descend. It is so easy for a horse to slip, thereby break its leg and fall on the rider - serious injury even death could result.

By all means start with short , gentle slopes, but don't ever assume that your horse is infallible. Remember the rider is the guide of the horse - the load falls upon the horse to carry out the manouevre safely for both equine and human.

This responsibility issue is often forgotten in competitive scenarious - never overface your horse.
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post #33 of 33 Old 03-24-2012, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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I agree that the horses safety is in the riders hands since the horses have been trained to do what we ask.

@ painted horse: your post made me smile because we took some friends from out of state on a ride here in the Utah mountains. It was a simple ride for my husband and I but our friends were pretty nervous several times. They were on our horses who are used to this kind of riding so no worries there. But it made hubby and I realize that "Oh yeah, everyone gets used to riding different things." There was a post on here a while back about a girl who rode her horse through a belly deep marsh (marsh=pretty solid footing / bog=sinking). That would make me and my horse pretty nervous. But it's what they were used to.

Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. ~Author Unknown
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