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post #1 of 25 Old 05-26-2010, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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How to get started

We have recently gotten our first horse and he is very broke and gentle. I am ready to start riding him on some trails. How many of you ride on trails alone? My wife isn't too keen on the idea but I usually don't have the same days off as other so getting into a group isn't always going to happen.

Also, I would like to find a group near me that trail rides together so when I DO have the time off, we can join them for the camping, riding and fun.

What are some good trails near Weatherford Texas to begin riding? I know about the Fort Richardson trail and will probably do that one first or a few times. The LBJ Grasslands are also close and not too bad. Any others out there?
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post #2 of 25 Old 05-26-2010, 03:43 PM
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I've ridden a lot by myself over the years. Often with two horse. ( Ride one, Pony One). Accident happen around horses whether you are by yourself or with friends. I had a 3 yo I was ponying head butt me one day when he got spooked. It knocked me down and I blew out my tendon in my wrist. I had to ride 3 hours holding the lead rope of the horse I was ponying with my bad hand. It wasn't enjoyable, But I made the trip home OK.

A good friend of mine last year was out by himself. Horse slipped in some mud and went down. he broke his pelvis and ruptured his bladder. Laid on the trail for 14 hours before he got help. If his wife had not gone looking for him, it could have taken lots longer before he was found. It was in February and temps dropped to 16* that night. He lucky to be alive.

Another friend had a horse stumble and go down. He broke his leg. He got back on and went home. ridding in pain. But he made the trip home. Spent 5 months before Doc would let him get in the saddle again.

Things will happen, You take the risk. Try to be prepared in case something does happen. I keep a space blanket and matches in my cantle bag and carry a cell phone. But a lot of the areas I ride, cells phones don't work. So ultimately, if I'm to survive, it's up to me.
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post #3 of 25 Old 05-26-2010, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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I don't mind the risk, it is just the other half that tends to worry a little bit. I guess it is just the cowboy in me that doesn't mind taking off on my own and getting a little adventure and alone time.......
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post #4 of 25 Old 05-26-2010, 06:43 PM
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Welcome to trail riding you'll have a great time!

I ride alone more than the wife likes but, like you , sometimes it just needs to be.

Like PH said carry a cell phone and emergency kit and enjoy.

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post #5 of 25 Old 05-26-2010, 06:46 PM
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Attatch the cell phone to you not a pack on the horse - if horse dumps you you want the phone on you not your saddle. I don't like to trail ride alone either but sometimes I need to just get out so on those occasions I let a friend know when I am leaving where I am headed and when I expect to arrive back. If I don't call them at said time then at least I know someone knows to come looking.
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post #6 of 25 Old 05-26-2010, 07:07 PM
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Yup-agree-cell phone (on YOU) and "flight plan" are a must. However, I am not truly in the backwoods........I also like mecate reins-just easier if I need to tie the horse or lead the horse.
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post #7 of 25 Old 05-26-2010, 09:11 PM
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I've ridden more alone than with company. I always attach a bell to my saddle, gives the wild critters out there a heads up. Also carry an emergency pack always attached to the saddle and let the hubby know where I'll be , unless the moment takes me down another trail! Cell phone, but don't always get coverage.

I love riding alone, but also enjoy being with a few good friends. Either way, keep your wits about you and have a wonderful time. Oh yes, hubby insists that I wear a helmet, and for him I do. Small thing to do to show my appreciation for all the things he does to help me with the horses.

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post #8 of 25 Old 05-26-2010, 09:52 PM
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I don't mind the risk, it is just the other half that tends to worry a little bit. I guess it is just the cowboy in me that doesn't mind taking off on my own and getting a little adventure and alone time.......
I ride alone 99% of the time, often ponying another horse like Painted Horse, and ride anywhere my heart takes me, from the fields and trails to town and the grocery store. Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, but we're lucky to have three good, sane mares that I have a lot of trust in to keep me safe. My wife worries a bit, too, but I do take a cell phone, give her a general idea of how long I plan to be out, and tell her not to worry unless the horses come back without me.

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post #9 of 25 Old 05-30-2010, 09:16 PM
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I love trail riding! Come ride with us in Jasper, Texas at Ebenezer Park. It is an equestrian park with camping. Woot! It is a blast. I do not ride by myself, I am too big of a sissy. I generally ride with a trail group, the person I bought my horse from who is now my dear friend or my husband.

I take my cell phone, water, sometimes a lead rope.

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post #10 of 25 Old 05-30-2010, 11:18 PM
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If I wasn't willing to ride alone, I'd never get to ride. So I ride alone quite abit, haven't had to much in the last year because my nephew started riding w/ me, but before that I only rode alone.
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