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post #11 of 16 Old 10-05-2012, 05:59 AM
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Joe4d does have a good point. A large group ride is not the best time for a first ride and on unfamiliar horses. It's honorable that you want to participate in it but your safety is utmost important.

When passing, it can be done politely or inconsiderately. Flying by at a gallop is not considerate. One should pass at a slightly faster pace but giving ample room between the horses. However that doesn't always happen. When riding in a group, you should ride at the level of the least experienced rider. In large groups there are those that aren't considerate and don't care.

Organized rides should have rules set down before the ride that everyone is suppose to follow. During the ride, it's hard to enforce those rules and rely on everyone to follow without being policed.
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Sorry Stakie-I agree that this is an accident waiting to happen. I have done several trail trials, group rides, etc, and every single one, no matter how well organized has had one or two who go "whizzing" by, which I also find unnerving. ( and rude) Put that all together, with unfamiliar horses, inexperienced rider, and nervousness, which you clearly are, (and will be if you hear hooves coming up behind you), and nothing good is going to happen here. keep in mind there may also be areas that are too narrow to allow a lot of room to pass. Shoot-I have a horse I could put a monkey on on a walking trail and it still makes me nervous when folks pass.

Best advice I can give-donate the $$ to the cause, take the horses and BF to a beautiful park, and the 2 of you have a lovely ride. I am guessing you would like your fiance to have a good experience so that he may be likely to do this again in the future......the organized ride may not be the way to start.

I would highly recommend a cell phone-ATTACHED TO ONE OF YOU, not the horse, also.

I would also be asking the actual owners of the horses you are going to use, rather than a bunch of strangers who do not know you, them or what the trails may be like.

Have fun-whatever you do. That should be the main reason for riding, IMO. You can always donate to a cause without making yourself a basket case.

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post #13 of 16 Old 10-05-2012, 10:08 AM
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If it is a large group ride with a lot of beginners, there should be an attitude of consideration for the beginning riders. Joe is an endurance racer and he is thinking with an endurance racer's brain. There are easy going trail rides and there are endurance races. Two different things.

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post #14 of 16 Old 10-05-2012, 12:49 PM
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It has been my experience in the past with fund raising type of rides that it is a mixed bag of folks. Same was true of hunter paces and trail trials we had at where I board. We had everything from the slow walkers to the gallopers and all in betweeen.

Good luck. Personally-I would be as far from this as I could be enjoying the fall weather........

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post #15 of 16 Old 10-05-2012, 02:08 PM
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I much prefer to ride with only my closest friends. It is so much more pleasant. We set the pace that we enjoy. I am just a short distance trail rider due to my health and the time that I have available. If I were young and full of energy like Joe, then I would probably like that wild reckless life he lives........

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post #16 of 16 Old 10-05-2012, 04:15 PM
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nothin g to do with endurance or racing, I have done alot of these party rides, and generally do them with friends, at a walk, but there is alot of commotion, a bit of drinking, and generally a fun time, But, still not the place for riders that have never been on a trail, and riding horses that they have never ridden. The horses may be fine, but you really have no idea, nor do you have the back ground to deal with it if they arnt fine.
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