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post #21 of 33 Old 12-08-2012, 12:46 AM
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Rude & very poor trail etiquette IMHO. That's why we quit riding with groups. We have a couple good friends we ride with and that's it now. People just dont think of anyone else but themselves these days.
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post #22 of 33 Old 12-08-2012, 01:17 AM
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It's rude and I'd never ride with them again.
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post #23 of 33 Old 12-10-2012, 02:34 PM
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For my style of trail riding, there is never any need for my horse to go at any gait above a trot. The only time I ever go above that is for training purposes in an arena or a level field, because I think a horse should be well-rounded and know how to handle himself and obey commands in all gaits. Having said that, my late uncle exclusively used his horses in the mountains of southern Utah. His horses didn't even know what a canter was, under saddle. He had no reason to even train them to do so. On the trail, I never want my horse to get so excited he can't keep his mind on the trail and my commands.

I have found that most novices like the excitement of a good gallop, and I admit, it is exhilarating, but I've grown out of it. I ride with one lady who just loves to gallop up hills. I try to convince her that on a trail ride that can be a dangerous habit for a horse to develop, but she loves it because all she has ever done was ride at a canter around in an arena as she took English riding lessons. It is tough to get her horse to walk up an incline now. Her husband likes to get out into a field and gallop around and get the horse all fired up. It's fun to him, but shows he's a novice and isn't good for the horse (20 years old), who doesn't get enough exercise even at a walk.

As for the "cowboy" who wouldn't control his horse...he'll probably think better next time. Go ride with other folks. It was good you could keep your horse under control. No horse wants to be left behind when the others are galloping away.
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post #24 of 33 Old 12-10-2012, 02:38 PM
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Stevenson- thats surprising I'm in the middle of nowhere it is hard to find people who are close haha.
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post #25 of 33 Old 12-12-2012, 01:56 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
Just them cantering up to you is not ok, in my mind. YOu don't know each other at all. I would not canter up to a horse, unless I knew for sure that horse/rider would be ok. I am not a super timid rider, but I also do NOT like to be riding an out of control horse.

So, them galloping off on the flat stretch is also not very considerate of you.
I would have asked you if you wanted to, and offered you the lead. That way your horse would not be so panicked.

It's just a matter of courtesy! Unless they knew your horse's personality and probable behavior, it really would have been a better thing to do to be a bit more low-key in their approach. Also, asking before jumping into a lope or gallop when picking up the pace would have been a good idea as well!

Just my opinion... a horse walks into a bar and the bar tender says "why the long face?"...
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post #26 of 33 Old 12-12-2012, 02:18 AM
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Rude and potentially dangerous. I would not ride with these folks again.

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post #27 of 33 Old 01-12-2013, 01:20 AM
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When he wants to get scared and take off like he did when they cantered up to you, pull him into circles instead of straight forward. He's scared, and he needs to get it out of his system, but he needs to be as uncomfortable as possible for the wrong behavior. Same with wanting to catch up to the pack, circles! He is new to the other horses, he wants to be in their herd, and he doesn't want to be the lowest man on the totem pole. All the behaviors you described lead to that simple thing. The people you were trail riding with should understand common horse behavior, and been courteous of that to your horse and you. I have a very young gelding, and when the other horses are cued to canter, he decides he wants to join. As they fade into the distance, he's running in circles. :) Can't buck or rear when bent into the circles either, yay! My gelding also is a nipper, he will stretch his neck out as far as possible to nip the butt in front of him. I hate it, but it's just who he is, he's not being mean. He's very very very playful. I take that into consideration and keep out of mouths reach whenever possible (or we stop and back up a few feet). He does it to me too when I'm cleaning his pen, he will trot up and nip me and trot away. Never bites hard, he will just grab my shirt (never skin) and give it a little tug. This usually means he wants to play soccer, and it consumes the rest of my day because he has bountiful energy like a puppy.
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post #28 of 33 Old 01-12-2013, 12:07 PM
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[QUOTE=Elizabethan87;1840488] he will trot up and nip me and trot away. Never bites hard, he will just grab my shirt QUOTE] That's not playful, that's a dominance trait.

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post #29 of 33 Old 01-12-2013, 12:40 PM
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Definitely rude.

That said, what do you want to do on the trail? Do you want to go for a nice relaxing horseback walk and some time outdoors with good friends (horse and human) or do you want to have some speed and adventure? You've gotta find folks on the same page. Ask what sort of things they like to do before you agree to meet up.

I like doing both, at different times, and usually it depends on who I'm with and their horses. With some folks, we're happy to walk and maybe trot a little if everyone's up for it. Other times we'll race another horse and rider on the beach. It just depends what someone's comfort level is, and the group should be respectful and ride in a manner that is safe for the least experienced/trained horse and rider. Save the more 'exciting' stuff for when everyone in the group can do it safely and WANTS to. Stop and think and ask.

I once cantered towards someone across a field (big field, takes 10 minutes to walk across) but slowed down the moment I saw her horse getting nervous about it. Took forever to get there, but better than getting someone killed. It's about respect and safety.
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post #30 of 33 Old 01-15-2013, 08:18 PM
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You seem like a nice person. They would have done that to me just once ... Lol. Stick up for yourself and your safety. You set the ground rules or find new buddies. The behavior sounds careless on their part. Good luck!
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