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post #11 of 27 Old 04-28-2013, 08:12 AM
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If it is an extreme hill, I make my horse walk because I am paranoid that she will step in a hole and tumble on down. If it is a wide open area with only slight incline, then I am not too worried what gait I am in just so I get to choose.
Same here, we often ride in some pretty steep places.

The more difficult it is the slower I go. I think another thing worth mentioning is to leave plenty of room between riders when negotiating obstacles.
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The inclines I rode on yesterday were on a winding, narrow trail. Lots of brush, trees and bushes on the sides. They weren't extremely steep, since I am not yet comfortable riding down anything too steep with her yet. I imagine her tumbling with me down them if they are too steep.

Taking what Gunslinger said too and not getting to close to horse in front of me. Mine would trot and catch up to the horse's butt in front of me where I had to pull back on the reins and keep her back. I figured she would know better than to do that, but it didn't seem to bother her that she was so close. Good thing he was a good horse for us and didn't seem to mind. However, I feel like if we would have waited to give more room, that would have sped her up more in order to catch up to him? These parts of the trail were winding around and had vegetation all around to where she may not see him if we stayed back ten feet or so. I guess she will just have to learn.
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I will tell you that if the horse is a little bit unfit, they will find it exceedingly difficult to back up a hill, especially if it's very steep. Most the hills where I live that actually require paying attention to are relatively steep so I just stick with holding them in a stop for a minute.
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In my opinion, if you stay balanced and not hindering the horse there should not be any issue with going down an incline that the horse can not handle himself.
You have to develop a feel for what you horse is capable of.
There have been times I have rode a horse through a spot and the next time with a different one I got off and lead through. That feel comes through experience and knowing what your horse is capable and being able to ask for any gait required.
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The more difficult it is the slower I go. I think another thing worth mentioning is to leave plenty of room between riders when negotiating obstacles.
This is my strategy.

A lot also depends on your horse and your own experience going down hills. I can tell just by the feel of my mare's stride going down if she is balanced or is starting to get a bit ahead of herself and needs to slow down to regain her balance. If ever a question, err on the side of slower!!
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Steep! This guy LAUGHS at steep!



Italian cavalry, around 1920 or so IIRC. It was a test of nerves for both horse and rider. Me? I'd have flunked. Don't think they would like guys who peed in the saddle...

"NOTE: This is a photograph of a descent known as the descent of Mombrone. This descent was done more as a test of nerve than anything else, and in pre-war days every officer had to go down it before he left the School; but accidents were not unknown and occasionally rather serious, and the practice has rather died out since the war. Mombrone is an old ruined castle about 3 miles from Pinerolo, and the descent is made from what was once a window about 20 feet from the ground, but earth is piled up a little at the bottom and now the drop is only about 15 feet.

As can be seen in the photograph, there is a slight bump on to which the horse can put his fore feet and just steady himself a second while he gets his hind legs off the ledge, so that he can slide. If this bump was not there, the horse would simply have to jump from top to bottom, and horses which do this almost invariably fall."


http://www.lrgaf.org/military/cavalry-italian.htm

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Just depends on how steep the hill is. Really steep, I want them dragging their butt and sliding


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Steep! This guy LAUGHS at steep!



Italian cavalry, around 1920 or so IIRC. It was a test of nerves for both horse and rider. Me? I'd have flunked. Don't think they would like guys who peed in the saddle...

"NOTE: This is a photograph of a descent known as the descent of Mombrone. This descent was done more as a test of nerve than anything else, and in pre-war days every officer had to go down it before he left the School; but accidents were not unknown and occasionally rather serious, and the practice has rather died out since the war. Mombrone is an old ruined castle about 3 miles from Pinerolo, and the descent is made from what was once a window about 20 feet from the ground, but earth is piled up a little at the bottom and now the drop is only about 15 feet.

As can be seen in the photograph, there is a slight bump on to which the horse can put his fore feet and just steady himself a second while he gets his hind legs off the ledge, so that he can slide. If this bump was not there, the horse would simply have to jump from top to bottom, and horses which do this almost invariably fall."


http://www.lrgaf.org/military/cavalry-italian.htm
HOLY SHHEEEEOOOOTTTT!!!!! THAT won't be happening with me....EVER! Thanks for sharing...very interesting read.
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Me? I'd have flunked. Don't think they would like guys who peed in the saddle...
Don't think you'd have to worry: at that angle, the saddle wouldn't even get damp
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Gosh, how do you know when they are stable enough to go down something like that?

There is a mountain across the street that has this narrow, steep little trail going up/down it. I hiked it on foot.....I had a hard time......then I saw horse prints on it.....oy.
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