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        09-06-2009, 08:23 PM
      #11
    Trained
    MacabreMikolaj, we do a similar thing in AUS, ahve anumber in our phone labelled as ICE: In case of Emergency, so people know who to call.

    I ride by myslef a fair amount. I too find my horse is less eager to move out, and a bit spookier. I tend to do more actual riding/working though, as when riding with friends we tend to be more relaxed and chat, instead of focussing on what my horse is doing.

    I'm less prepared than all of you though. I just take me and my horse... And my mobile if I have a pocket to put it in.
         
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        09-08-2009, 01:48 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I always ride alone, but I don't go off the farm. I don't take anything extra with me, just wear my hard hat and go. I've always told my neighbor if he doesn't see me but see's buzzards flying over, to come check ;)

    My horse does better alone because we usually ride alone, but I think if I rode with a buddy, my horse would be fine too as she likes other horses.
         
        09-08-2009, 02:36 PM
      #13
    Foal
    My horses always seem a bit spooky at first but once we are past the roads there fine. I always keep my cell phone with me. Other then that im pretty much unsafe about everything. I ride with out shoes, sometimes bare back. Theres been a few times were I just kinda let go of the reins because my horse normaly knows were to go... What can I say, im a dare devil.....or just stupid.
         
        09-08-2009, 02:39 PM
      #14
    any
    Foal
    I always ride alone too ;) on my green horse :P

    Sometimes I don't tell anybody that I go for a ride but I try to remember about my mobile phone /my parents calling me if it is realy late and i'm not at home/
         
        09-16-2009, 01:56 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I always were a helment and make sure someone knows whenI am riding and when I will retrn so if something does happen they can send a serach party.
         
        09-17-2009, 09:18 AM
      #16
    Zab
    Yearling
    I always ride alone, pretty much. Even on fairly long rides.

    Crow's used to that and listens better to me if we're alone, he gets stressed if we're in a group since he has to make sure that he's not left out :P It's just a training issue, he's not very used to ride in a group but we practice on it.

    Also, always wear a helmet. I expect that you do but you didn't mention it. If you fall off and break a leg, you can still call for help, but if you fall off, break a leg and get unconsious, you have a problem.. Having a cellphone is necessary, and keep it well charged. You want to be able to talk to the people you call untill they find you, even if it takes two hours..

    If there is anyone at the barn, or just somewhere, tell what road you ride and when you expect to get back. Call if you stay out longer than expected.
    I had a friend who used to call me when she rode alone, tell me where she went and when she expected to be back. When she was home she called again. That way, someone would react if she was thrown somewhere, even if it might take a while before I noticed and even if I was in another town at the moment :)
         
        06-01-2011, 10:38 AM
      #17
    Foal
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        06-01-2011, 10:51 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    MacabreMikolaj, we do a similar thing in AUS, ahve anumber in our phone labelled as ICE: In case of Emergency, so people know who to call.
    I have this in my phone already...and I have them labelled as ICE 1-Mom-Her name, ICE 2- Dad Cell-His Name, ICE 3-Dad Home-His Name. That way they know what number to call first.

    I rode alone a lot when I was younger, and didn't have anyone to ride with. Literally. I spent the summers on my grandparents farm, away from where I lived. I would sing and talk to my horse, but that was about the limits of the noise making. The only animal that we ever ran into was deer though...and maybe some geese.

    During hunting season, I wasn't allowed to ride much, just in case.
         
        06-01-2011, 04:41 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Wow....I feel kinda bad now. I do nothing that everyone else does to stay safe...Helmet? No. Cell phone? Don't even have one. Contact information? No. Tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back? A lot of times no one is even home to tell. It's a wonder I haven't been killed yet!

    Unless it's a special, planned event, I have no choice but to ride alone. Honestly, I prefer it that way. It's fun to go out with friends and chat and stuff, but very few of my friends ride so usually when I go it's just me riding with a bunch of people I barely know. Both my girls are decent alone or in a group, but they both tend to be less focused when they're in a group. I like riding alone or with just the dog and being quiet and just enjoying the companionship. I like how much more attentive both horses are when they're alone.

    I really like taking them alone too, because it's something I can say they can do. Anyone can hop on a horse and ride it out with a group of others, but judging from these forums and stuff, not everyone's horse will go out alone. In my trail-rider opinion, riding out alone is the most important skill a horse can have, and I would never even consider buying a horse who was herdbound.
         
        06-01-2011, 04:52 PM
      #20
    Showing
    I ride alone 95% of the time & usually on greenies, arena work & trails on my property. I do carry my cell that has emergency numbers highlighted in red and all of my horses are micro-chipped. Seems like the only time I ride with anyone these days is on Sunday afternoons when I have open arena for my riding students & they trailer in to ride with me.
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