Well everyone is entitled to your own opinions, but i assure you that it was not dangerous. I mean sure there is the potential for it to be dangerous, but there is the potential for riding down the trail to be dangerous also. I have been going to that ride for 6 years and the bottom has always had great footing, so nothing to be worried about.
As far as being swept down stream and breaking bones on rocks and all of that.... Well i have never seen that happen in the south, it helps that our rivers are generally wide and absent of rocks big enough to break your bones....
Celeste: You would have done it. It is all about trusting your horse. Sure if i had been on my young new horse i would have been nervous, but then again that is why he is not going to rides right now. I don't trust him that much yet. Where as with Bella i knew she would cross that river like she had been doing it her whold life.
There was a way around if you did not want to cross it ,but it was so dang hot riders and horses alike wanted to get in! Haha!
QOS: Who cares if all you do is 25 milers? If that is the distance that is fun for you, then do it! There are several people in my region that only do LD's and they have a blast. I can't stand someone that does the longer distance tell LDers that they need to move up to 50's. If that is all you can handle or as much as you want to handle then that is just fine! I have seen way to many people get pushed into doing a 50 miler and are just plain miserable during the last 25 miles. There is no point, this sport is meant to be fun. If you are not having fun, what is the point in doing it?