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post #21 of 104 Old 07-14-2008, 09:06 PM
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I would say it's 50/50 for me.

I love the rides Willy and I have alone. They remind of what an awesome horse he is because I focus so much more on him when we aren't riding with someone else. I usually take my cell with me (it's broken right now-oops), and Aaron always knows when I'm out riding.

I love riding with others though. We can pack a lunch and chat, and make jokes about our horses, and I love having more horse personalities around. Great bonding happens out on the trail too! People love to ride with Willy because he can always take the lead if a horse is being spooky. He's so brave

actually really LOVE riding alone though.
There's no one to bother me. Just me and my mare. Everythings so quiet and relaxing.
Same for me- 'cept Willy's a gelding :)

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post #22 of 104 Old 07-14-2008, 10:41 PM
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I concur with everyone. It's so hard to coordinate with others when it comes to riding. People are so busy these days. My son just turned 18, so I don't really have any ties at home. Hotdish in the 'fridge, a note to him that I'm riding, and my cell phone and emergency pouch attatched to my belt loop. And when I ride alone, I can sing without damaging anyone's ears.
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post #23 of 104 Old 07-15-2008, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Nine
can sing without damaging anyone's ears.
He-he! I do it too sometime... Even in ring (by myself). My paint loves to listen.
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post #24 of 104 Old 07-15-2008, 01:51 PM
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The best riding songs are by Gene Autry. And Bill Staines.
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post #25 of 104 Old 07-15-2008, 07:50 PM
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Horseback riding is such a difficult sport because a lot of time you are the only to actually ride a horse in your family. A lot of the time people are not at home or around when you get the chance to go ride, so again you end up alone.
I started boarding (for the first time again in years)at the beginning of the year. It's a barn where there is usually always one other person around. I quickly learned the schedule as when people are around so I can really time it according to whether or not I want to have people around.
Technically speaking it is always safer to have someone there, you just need to take all the precautions you can when you have no other option but to ride alone.
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post #26 of 104 Old 07-15-2008, 10:45 PM
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M2G, Your gelding is absolutely beautiful. You both look very stylish. He must be Freisien. What is his temperment like? I heard one woman say they were very strong on the reins and her arms were sore a lot. What do you think? Sounded like a training/habit trouble to me, but I've never seen a Freisien outside of pictures. Nine
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post #27 of 104 Old 07-16-2008, 12:50 AM
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I never trail ride or ride in the field alone (it's a tad boring without someone else IMO). I will occasionally ride in the arena alone, but I never jump anything without someone around. Lucky for me my mom rides and loves being around horses... though, when someone else is there I just get dropped off at my barn while my mom rides her horse (our horses are kept at different barns because we have different trainers).

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post #28 of 104 Old 07-16-2008, 08:11 AM
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I pretty much grew up riding alone and still like it that way today. Even though I now board, it isnt too often that anyone else is there or as Im finishing up some will come to ride. I dont worry too much since her place is totally fenced in and if I do go to ride out on the road I have a cell phone if need be and there are quite a few houses around there... my horse would probably just run back to the barn if she ever dumped me. But I dont usually ride on the road too much.

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post #29 of 104 Old 07-16-2008, 02:29 PM
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Riding alone?

It depends on the day, but usually I go riding by myself. I find it more relaxing and I bond more with my horse. Plus, it gives my horse a chance to get used to going alone and dealing with the situation without other horses being there to distract them. I think it makes better trail horses out of them if they have to learn to depend on the rider instead of other horses all the time. 8) Plus, since I ride alot after school my sister can't always go with me so I am used to going alone.

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post #30 of 104 Old 07-16-2008, 04:20 PM
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I am almost always alone when I ride. On a normal day I squeeze in riding time whenever I can, and that usually is not very predictable, as I have to work around my client's schedules. Hubby works early day shift now, so maybe I'll be able to get some evening rides in while he babysits this fall? But I generally prefer to be alone anyways. I like the occasional social ride, or if hubby has time to come as well that's even better, but overall, I would rather be alone and not feel obligated to talk and be able to really enjoy my horse.
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