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    02-21-2011, 11:02 PM
  #1
Yearling
Riding Alone

So I have rode alone lots of times now. But this summer I am going to be doing a lot of riding, pretty much as much as I can get in. Which means going on long trail rides and into the mountains and stuff. I always have my cell phone with me in my pocket and I get very good service everywhere. Gizmo is a great horse and I haven't come off him, yet anyways. But I really don't know hot to prepare myself anymore if something were to happen. Oh and what if we should see any animal on the way. I had a dog run after us one time and I didn't know what to do, because I didn't want to make him run and make the dog think we were pray and to run after us and bite, but I didn't want us to be sitting ducks for the dog to come and bite us. Luckily the owner got him before he got to us. But what happens if I see a bear or something while we are out there in the woods. I live in NH so that is pretty much our biggest prey. We do have coyotes, moose, deer, and mountain lions but they are really rare, fisher cats, and bob cats. I only say deer and moose because sometimes the males can charge with their antlers.
     
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    02-21-2011, 11:18 PM
  #2
Trained
Well, my horse would exit stage left if we ever came across anything that wanted to eat him, so I can't help you there. I just wanted to add, put a sticker inside your helmet with contact/emergency/allergy info in case you ever take a fall and get knocked out. Phone's only good if you're still conscious.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:20 PM
  #3
Trained
Mostly when I see other animals they wander or run off through the bush as soon as they see me. I have had one of my horses decide she wanted to follow the moose through the bush. So, I let her. We had a jolly good time, but after 45 minutes I steered her back onto the trail.

I have had dogs chase me. I turn my horse around and chase the dog! :) What fun! Can you tell I like to chase animals? I once had a german shepherd that wasn't scared of my horse, so I went up beside him and kicked him in the head -- just took my foot out of the saddle and kicked him. That sure surprised him. Just make sure you have a really good seat.

Bears -- mostly they will walk away. If one starts toward you, I would try to walk away from it at an angle -- not my back turned, just as though you were going another way even if the bear wasn't there. If that doesn't work, make a noise. The bear will likely look up as though to say, "Oh, what are you doing here? I guess I'll go elsewhere." Deer never charge. At least I've never heard of it. Moose will charge generally only if in rut and you are in their area. Or possibly if your mare is in heat. You can't outrun a moose. I've never had a moose charge me, he will warn first by shaking his head. At that point, walk away. He will see you leaving and be ok with it.

Coyotes I have never seen while on horseback except waaaay over there in the field. Fischers come out only at night. Bobcats won't go for a horse. Mountain lions -- ya well.. not sure what to tell you there. Like you say, they are rarely seen. We do have them, I have heard them, I have seen their prints, but they are so rare that the provincial wildlife ministry only FINALLY ADMITTED that they are in Ontario this past year. After MUCH public outcry. Anyway, if you hear of any in the area you are riding, stay away from rock-cuts and tall trees. Lions like to sit higher than their prey.

Of course, there are ALWAYS exceptions to these things, but I have spent 9/10th of my life living in rural Ontario and have never ever been threatened by a wild animal unless I cornered it. (dumb kid, dumb kid...)

I don't know what the gun laws are in NH. Here in Ontario they suck and I can't carry while riding, but lots of people in different areas of the states do. I would if I could, though you'd definitely have to practice on your horse.
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    02-21-2011, 11:20 PM
  #4
Yearling
MyBoyPuck: Great idea! That is what I am mainly worried about. What if something happened and I wasn't awake. I think Gizmo would stay right there. If there wasn't something to eat right there I know he would, lol.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:25 PM
  #5
Trained
Just how fast does a moose run??
     
    02-21-2011, 11:43 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
Mostly when I see other animals they wander or run off through the bush as soon as they see me. I have had one of my horses decide she wanted to follow the moose through the bush. So, I let her. We had a jolly good time, but after 45 minutes I steered her back onto the trail.

I have had dogs chase me. I turn my horse around and chase the dog! :) What fun! Can you tell I like to chase animals? I once had a german shepherd that wasn't scared of my horse, so I went up beside him and kicked him in the head -- just took my foot out of the saddle and kicked him. That sure surprised him. Just make sure you have a really good seat.

Bears -- mostly they will walk away. If one starts toward you, I would try to walk away from it at an angle -- not my back turned, just as though you were going another way even if the bear wasn't there. If that doesn't work, make a noise. The bear will likely look up as though to say, "Oh, what are you doing here? I guess I'll go elsewhere." Deer never charge. At least I've never heard of it. Moose will charge generally only if in rut and you are in their area. Or possibly if your mare is in heat. You can't outrun a moose. I've never had a moose charge me, he will warn first by shaking his head. At that point, walk away. He will see you leaving and be ok with it.

Coyotes I have never seen while on horseback except waaaay over there in the field. Fischers come out only at night. Bobcats won't go for a horse. Mountain lions -- ya well.. not sure what to tell you there. Like you say, they are rarely seen. We do have them, I have heard them, I have seen their prints, but they are so rare that the provincial wildlife ministry only FINALLY ADMITTED that they are in Ontario this past year. After MUCH public outcry. Anyway, if you hear of any in the area you are riding, stay away from rock-cuts and tall trees. Lions like to sit higher than their prey.

Of course, there are ALWAYS exceptions to these things, but I have spent 9/10th of my life living in rural Ontario and have never ever been threatened by a wild animal unless I cornered it. (dumb kid, dumb kid...)

I don't know what the gun laws are in NH. Here in Ontario they suck and I can't carry while riding, but lots of people in different areas of the states do. I would if I could, though you'd definitely have to practice on your horse.
Ok that makes me feel much better. I'm not sure what the gun laws are about carrying it on a horse. My dad is buying me a handgun when I turn 21 though so I am going to get my permit to carry. So I can as long as I have that. But Gizmo doesn't like gun shots. We have a shooting range and it is next to the barn, (Not right next to it for safety reasons obviously) but he always jumps and hides in his barn and then he is grumpy at my dad after.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:54 PM
  #7
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I trail ride by myself a bunch too.
One thing I like to do with my cell phone is I like to keep it in my coat pocket when I'm riding/above waist height (I usually carry it in my pants pocket). My thinking with that is if I were to get pinned by something (a falling tree/falling Lacey/what have you) or get super traumatically injured, it would be better to have my phone closer to my mouth/upper body. I also turn it on loud when I'm riding by myself. Usually I have it on vibrate, but I figure that if I'm ever hurt in the woods and unable to make noise, I'd like to have something on me that could make noise without my help.

With dogs, I have Lacey stop moving (agitated/excited dogs seem to get more agitated/excited if we try to walk away and aggressive dogs have usually decided we're not a threat once we stop and wait with them for a bit) and turn to face them. With super aggressive dogs, I've found that yelling "GO HOME!!!" at them usually works. If none of that works, I'd have no hesitation about chasing a dog but so far (and we see unknown, new dogs basically every time we go somewhere) that hasn't had to happen. I think, at least around here, most dogs have never seen a horse so they just want to investigate Lacey. Once they've gotten her all sniffed, they're generally happy to be besties, in my experience. However, I am pretty good at reading dog body language, so that could be part of why we've been successful...
     
    02-22-2011, 12:01 AM
  #8
Green Broke
When I go out I always have at least 2 bottles of water, usually more. On long rides we usually take granola bars or jerky. I also carry a pocket knife, my Gerber utility tool, a 1st aid kit with a snake bite kit, id, cell phone, and hoof pick. Always let someone know where you are going & how long you expect to be gone. I usually call my neighbor or sister.
Coyotes will usually run if you chase them. Most snakes & other animals will get out of your way if you give them enough warning.
     
    02-22-2011, 12:09 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Wallaby -that is a good idea about turning the volume up on the phone. I never thought of that.
     
    02-22-2011, 12:22 AM
  #10
Foal
I ride alone alot, but I live in Kansas, so the worst we see is a Coyote or a fox (supposedly there are cougars here, but I have yet to hear of one in my part.) But the putting info in the helmet is a good idea, too bad I don't use a helmet.... Im a rebel. Sorry if I wasnt help, pretty horse though!
     

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