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post #21 of 32 Old 02-21-2013, 06:39 AM
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Reminds me of a trip I took with my wife and another couple. We were on a steep mountainside coming down switchbacks, when we came up to a blowdown about 50-100 feet from the end of a switchback. The tree was about 3' in diameter and was laying at such an angle that it was impossible to cross. There was no way to go up around it and the only option was to go downhill to the trail below. I simply turned my horse down the hill and hit the trail about 75 feet below. The other riders were afraid to do it, despite the fact that their horses wanted to follow mine. It almost caused a big, bad wreck, because they were holding back their fidgeting horses on a narrow, steep trail.

They finally dismounted and did one of the most unsafe things you can do in a situation like that. They led their horse down the hill. And I mean led, as in, in front of and below the horse, down the very steep hillside. My wife dismounted and just let her horse make his own way down to the rest.

We got through it without a major mishap, but just by the skin of our teeth, and all because they would not ride their horse down a steep hill.
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post #22 of 32 Old 02-21-2013, 10:37 AM
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I would absoltely love to do those things. I think it'd be a lot of fun.
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post #23 of 32 Old 02-23-2013, 11:25 AM
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And I won't think about the custom Bona Allen saddle I lost in the Willamette River because my horse leapt off a 15 foot embankment into the water half way through a formal trail ride. He swam into a bunch of scrub growing at the edge of the river and got the saddle hung up and couldn't swim away. I climbed down the bank and got into the river with him. I had gotten the rear girth and breast collar undone and just as I pulled the front girth loose he started to thrash and I had to get away from him. As he got free of the brush and swam out into the river I watched as my saddle...now completely ungirthed and just sitting on his back...slipped off into the current and disappear downstream as it sank under the surface...

Oh well, at least I was able to save Kyowa, he was a wonderful horse...the bonehead!
Good thing you didn't try to dive after the saddle. Willamette is full of undertows, not a good swimming river in a lot of areas.
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post #24 of 32 Old 02-23-2013, 02:47 PM
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I'd love to do all that rough riding stuff again but it's too much to ask of my old boy, and I moved to new england where it's pretty much all flat. The only thing I don't like is people holding their horses heads back. If you're asking it to jump/slide down a 5'+ drop you should give them there head so they can land it. You've got to have the balance of a gymnast too. If you shift when they're on the way down bad things can happen to both rider and horse. So in both videos the riders and the horses/mules are conditioned to ride on intense terrain.
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post #25 of 32 Old 02-25-2013, 06:36 AM
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Mules are usually pretty hardy animals. Neopolian Bonaparte rode a mule when he was at war. (excuse any errors i have made with his name)
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post #26 of 32 Old 03-05-2013, 07:49 PM
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My weekend ride mustering horses....horses can go in some pretty steep trails to. But man alive some riders aren't up to it. Worst riders are the ones that can't let a horses head go...trust me a horse know best where to it his feet on steep country. I would love a mule to do this in tho!

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post #27 of 32 Old 03-05-2013, 08:50 PM
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Yep, I have done that...though I didn't exactly do it by choice and my horse and I were traveling at a dead run at the time .

Yeah, not nearly as fun as it looks.
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post #28 of 32 Old 03-05-2013, 09:23 PM
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Although it looks like a TON of fun, I'll stick to barrel racing, thank you!

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post #29 of 32 Old 03-06-2013, 12:00 PM
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I went on a riding trip to the Killdeer Mountains two years ago with some friends and if our horses didn't trust us we never would have made it. SOme of the trails were more precarious than the ranger told us and we ended up doing a bit of climbing like this. I thank the Lord that my horse is confident and sure footed because I was nervous as crap on some of the trails! ...And now I want to go do it again
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post #30 of 32 Old 03-10-2013, 12:32 AM
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You'd be surprised how good their feet look. You dont NEED shoes. You need to know how to do a barefoot, but without a shoe the foot flexes more easily and the foot is overall stronger and healthier IF you have a farrier that can built that foot. Check out Pete Ramey for starters.

Not trying to get yelled at or start a debate. Just pointing out that they arent torturing the mules.

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