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post #1 of 104 Old 07-12-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Riding alone

Do any of you ride alone? I just read the post on how many hours do you ride. I always think about going out when my husband has gone to dreamland (he works the midnight shift) but I'm too chicken to go alone. I guess I'm afraid of getting hurt and no one knowing where I am till the next day. We really don't have any neighbors who are around in the afternoons and the area I would be riding is pretty isolated. My horse is fine alone, I have taken her out but only when my husband is awake and knows where I'm going.
Any other scaredy cats out there?


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post #2 of 104 Old 07-12-2008, 08:54 PM
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Me! I'm a huge scaredy cat.

I am way to chicken now. I used to go out to the barn and be there for HOURS by myself but I just totally changed my mind. I've only ridden alone once since I've changed barns and nothing happened, but I just don't feel comfortable. Even when I have my cellphone, told someone where I am, and how long I plan on being there, have a helmet, and I'm in the closed arena, I still feel unsafe.

I usually ride with my Mom or my barn manager Nancy will ride with me otherwise, I won't ride. Just groom or fuddle with sawdust.
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post #3 of 104 Old 07-12-2008, 09:05 PM
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i ride alone most of the time and prefer it to :)
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post #4 of 104 Old 07-12-2008, 09:12 PM
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I never go on trails alone, but sometimes I'll ride in the arena alone (of course someone is nearby though!). ;)
It does give me & my horse concentration & is pretty nice too!

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post #5 of 104 Old 07-12-2008, 09:37 PM
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I always ride alone. I find I feel more in tune with my horse, and I enjoy our time more. I just can't get coordinated to meet with friends, I dn't have a trailer to travel to some other location.

Start off with very short rides that you will be comfortable with. Take a cell phone, let someone know where you riding even on short rides. Even if my husband is not home, I leave a note with where I'm going and what time I left, just in case I don't come back .

Any time you truly are scared, don't go out. Try again some other day. Mix it up, ride with a friend one day and alone the next. And it doesn't have to be hours-long. I ride before work so most of my rides are less than 1/2 hour. It's getting out that's important, not the duration.
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post #6 of 104 Old 07-13-2008, 10:22 AM
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I ride alone a good deal of the time. Since it is difficult to find a riding partner for weekday mornings, it's become a necessity. The cost of fuel has also kept me from trailering out to the trails as much as I used to.

Fortunately I have some pretty decent trails that are accessible from my farm. I always ride with a cell phone just in case.

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post #7 of 104 Old 07-13-2008, 02:17 PM
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I wouldn't say you are a "scardy cat" but making an intelligent decision about your safety. No rider should ever be getting on a horse when there is no one around. But reality is if most of us rode only when there are people around, we would never ride.

You're concern about riding alone is very well founded. Of all people I would know that. Have picked a countless amount of riders who had had a serious fall requiring medical attention but were not found for hours afterwards simply because they went out on their own.

I can only give you a few tips:
1)Make sure that at least one person is aware you are going out riding. Make sure they know where you are going and a general idea as to how long you are going to be gone.
2)Take a working cell phone. No guarantees that you will be able to use if something happens, but if you are able to reach for it, you have one available
3)Have emergency directions to your home. Regardless of whether or not you are riding at home or not. You will be surprised how quickly simple information you have know all your life, can slip and be forgotten in the situation of an emergency.
4)I recommend getting yourself a medical armband and wearing when leaving the house. This information can give us VITAL information about your health as well as all your emergency contacts.
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post #8 of 104 Old 07-13-2008, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Good tips M2G especially carrying some emergency info. I think I'll make up an I.C.E. and stick it in my helmet. Because of information learned from this forum I now carry a first aid kit in my car glove box marked with a big black I.C.E on it for emergency response folks in case I am in a wreck.


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Good tips M2G especially carrying some emergency info. I think I'll make up an I.C.E. and stick it in my helmet. Because of information learned from this forum I now carry a first aid kit in my car glove box marked with a big black I.C.E on it for emergency response folks in case I am in a wreck.
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post #10 of 104 Old 07-13-2008, 03:10 PM
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Sometimes I do, but I really prefer having someone there. One I feel safer and two, then there's someone to talk to, um, well someone who will talk back anyway. I can talk to Duke all I want but he still won't talk back. However, if I'm on a strange horse or a young horse then I almost never go by myself
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