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        02-16-2009, 08:11 PM
      #101
    Showing
    Ha I kept thinking, well if I fall off and I'm knocked unconscious at least I'm right here by the road right in front of my house and someone will be along pretty soon.
    She kept backing away from the lot and onto the road (scary) I don't think she is used to seeing Fras bucking and kicking. It all lasted about 15 seconds but seemed like longer since I was freaked about a car coming along at 60 mph
         
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        03-14-2009, 06:27 PM
      #102
    Zab
    Yearling
    I nearly always ride alone :)
    I like being out for hours, deciding the way as I go, bring a picnic and just be. My dad rides as well, but he's normally too busy to ride with me and here arn't anyone else I know with horses. I've put up a note to find someone to ride with once in a while and now we have a trailer so I can go visit a friend that lives out of riding-length and ride with her. But I'll still ride mostly alone.

    Since I don't decide exactly where to go before I go, I can't tell anyone, bt I usually tell dad that I'm out riding and if I plan on a short or a long ride. And I have my cellphone and a helmet.
         
        03-14-2009, 08:09 PM
      #103
    Foal
    You could try little short rides first, leave a phone near your sleepy husband just incase, and if you get nervouse just hope off and walk. I enjoy riding by myself with my older horse, but worked a long time to build up our confidence on solo rides. We started out by going 100yards out and back until he would go calmly, by the end of the season we were cantering a 3mi course comfortably. Now he is almost more relaxed on a solo ride then in a group cause he tends to feed off other nervous horses. Good luck!
         
        03-23-2009, 10:19 PM
      #104
    Foal
    If I can find a buddy, its better.

    I really ditest riding alone, because im training green horses. My 11 year old (just broken!) arabian gelding gets more spooky than usual when he's in the front of the line or by himself. An older girl at my barn dosent like when I ride by myself, either.

    If I have to, I will, its not a huge deal. I just don't cary my cell phone in my saddle bag when I do so. Its no use on my horse that's running away!

    Darby and I have been out by our selves, he's very herd bound so im trying to fix that. I do join other groups to get him away from his buddies, and occasionally I will join friends of mine from neighboring barns that I run into on the trail.
         

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