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post #31 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 07:52 PM
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I think the potential implied insult of "just" depends on who is saying it and how.

I have had show people ask me what I do with my mare and the "just" was def meant as a put-down, put I personally have said I am going out with a group to "just trail ride" to indicate it was a fun ride (versus conditioning or a race, etc) and I certainly didn't mean anything offensive by it.

[BTW, my favorite reply to the obnoxious "just a trail horse" comment is "Yeah, we just do 50 or 100 miles across the mountains." That generally shuts them up. ]
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post #32 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 08:08 PM
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Count me in as one of those people who likes to go horse camping/trail riding in the remote and challenging backcountry areas in Utah. Ain't no 'just' about it.

I live in the northern mountains of Utah with my wonderful husband, 5 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 32 geese and 9 ducks. Life is good.
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post #33 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 08:17 PM
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hahahahaha Dawn that is funny. My riding buddy talked to someone the other day that she she evented....don't know what she really meant because she said sometimes she rode her horse ALMOST 5 miles. ahahahahaha......ok....not that 5 miles is anything to sneeze at but she nearly dropped her teeth when Lee Ann said she was training for a low level endurance ride of 25 miles.

By the way, Dawn, Lee Ann (she is who I tried the Airport Ranger ride with) finished her first ride of 25 miles coming in 40 out of 52. She LOVED it. I am trying to talk Honey Darling Precious into giving it a go. He loves to move out and I think that might be the only way I get a LQ trailer!

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post #34 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Painted Horse...thanks for the mosey down the trail! (post #30).
After sloshing around in the slop of NW Oregon, that dry trail looks pretty good. As usual with your camera work...spectacular.
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post #35 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 08:30 PM
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We were ponying extra horses and every once in a while mine would stop and pull on my lead. So I would have to shut off the camera. It would have been easier to film if I wasn't pulling an extra horse.

Not bad for barefoot horses! I pulled their shoes a couple of weeks ago. So we let them mosey to protect their bare feet.
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post #36 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 08:57 PM
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I'll admit, I cannot "just" trail ride.

I have to be checking/doctoring cows, checking grass, fixing fence, changing water, riding to meet someone, schooling a horse to some end -- often all at the same time. Something.

But, to soothe the raised hackles, I will say that, as a rancher, I find I have more in common with trail riders than, say, someone who does all arena work. At least trail riders are on real ground. Meaing that your horses have to adjust/deal with bumps and humps and whatever presents itself.
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post #37 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 10:55 PM
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I was talking with one of my friends about this yesterday. I've never done shows but I have ridden a lot of trails, and I can't say I've ever been on "just" a trail ride. But I know what you mean, like you have to defend that trail riding is still legitimate horseback riding. People think that if you don't show, you don't really know anything about horses.

I have a co-worker who's girlfriend is an equine vet, and she breeds horses, and she does eventing, and she knows everything. She has all the fancy stuff and the trainer and the expensive tack and blah blah blah. He feels that because her and I ride horses, that I obviously know all about eventing and shows and paying $6,000 to breed a horse...I've told him on NUMEROUS occasions that I ride for fun, galloping around the pasture, and seeing how lost I can get on difficult trails but still make it back in time for dinner. Somehow he doesn't comprehend any of it. When I told him I finally bought the horse of my dreams, he was like, "oh, so are you going to show her!? Are you going to do dressage or jumping?" I replied with, "I don't do shows, I trail ride, and my ultimate goal is to do competitive trails to push my relationship with my horse to the max, and have fun in the outdoors, because how cool would it be to camp with your horse and a bunch of other horsey people!?" Later he was like, "so have you found a trainer yet, because my girlfriend knows some really good trainers if you need one...what are you doing with your horse again?"

I almost strangled him. No, I don't spend $6,000 to breed my horse. No, I don't have a "trainer." No, I don't jump. No, I don't do dressage. No, I dont own thousand+ dollar saddles.

I trail ride. Yes, I have taken lessons and be taught how to ride a horse. Yes, my love for horses is real. Yes, I have skills, even if I can't do the fancy stuff. Yes, my skills are legitimate. Yes, I have fallen. Yes, I have made mistakes. And most importantly, yes, I learn something new every time I see/work with/ride my horse.
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post #38 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 11:34 PM
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Lol. Just trail ride. Because deer, cows, hogs, mud, birds, water crossings, gunshots, deep sand, highly uneven terrain, skree slopes, loose dogs, bicyclists, hikers, atv/4wheelers, off-roaders, snakes, loose or lost horses, spooking horses, and drunk rednecks are things all arena horses can handle with ease, right? Along with opening gates, jumping logs, leg yielding around trees while I'm laying flat on his neck due to branches and riding alongside traffic in 100*F heat and 100% humidity to boot.

Yep. Count me in. I "just" trail ride. Lol! It's taken me a year of hard work to get here and darn proud of both myself and my horse for getting here. We "just" did a 6 mi ride in under an hour with many of the above mentioned trail obstacles, solo no less.

Whenever someone gives me the "just" trail riding thing, I ask them to join me on my next one. Then I give them a few details. So far none of those folks have taken me up on it. Doing anything with horses well is a challenge- don't ask me to arena jump or do WP, and I won't make you try to keep up with me on the trail, deal? I do enjoy a good meander along the trail while BSing with a good friend from time to time though- maybe that's what they're thinking of?
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post #39 of 214 Old 12-03-2012, 11:52 PM
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I wouldn't say i' just' trail ride but living in a flat desert the most you encounter ( besides the occasional horse acting up) is barking dogs, dirt bikes, rude people, rabbits, the big pig farm and the occasioal snake.
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post #40 of 214 Old 12-04-2012, 12:00 AM
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I like just trail riding it give me time to be just me and my horse :)
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