I love to be able to just saddle up a horse and go riding anytime I want...certainly a lot more than I like trailering our mares to a park, so we do a lot of 'road riding'...on or along roads, around fields, trail blazing through woods, riding through neighborhoods, and even going to the grocery store. Any one else enjoy this type of 'go anywhere, anytime' type of pleasure riding?
That's pretty much ALL I do... road ride, 'trail blaze', ride on 4-wheeler & deer trails... go mud-riding with the horses... you name it, we probably do it. It's the best way to ride, IMO... You've got all the freedom you want and no one to tell you what to do... plus MILES and MILES of free, open space!
We ride the roads a lot too. The only thing is stupid people throwing bottles and cans in the ditches. Not so bad when the grass is low, but when it gets tall I freak out. I hate having to watch every foot fall for glass bottles.
Please everyone, if you own a horse or not, don't throw trash along the roads. Someone may be trying to ride their horse there.
Excellent point vida! Every summer I ride the road that leads to my house on our 4 wheeler and my son and I pick up cans and bottles because 1) I can recycle the aluminum for MONEY! 8) and 2) when we get ready to ride the road is tidy. I can't believe how much people litter! My car ends up looking like a trash can sometimes but we don't litter!!!
Used to be able to do that, but people drive really insanely here, and they are all angry drivers, so it is dangerous. Then you have the teenage show-offs who actually TRY to harm you and your horse. It is just not safe anymore.
Ya here in edmond you have abunch of those stupid kids that will try to actually do somethin stupid to get your horse to spook or to harm you or the horsey.. Idk, if I ever got my own horse, I would think twice before ridin into Edmond..
I think it would be so cool just to ride into town and go through the Mcdonalds drive thru and just scare the crap out of the person takin the order lol :P
We do have to ride 1/10th of a mile or so down a sort of busy road to get here, but its right across the road from our house. Its well worth it. Our place is just to the right of the photo edge.
This was this morning! Great ride
Well, I'm glad that there are others that enjoy just getting out and riding. Most people that I talk to only want to ride the parks. Of course, they also say that their horse would never stand still with cars and motorcycles going by We live a couple miles outside a small town (about 5000 folks), but 'urban sprawl' is coming our way. What used to be several hundred acres of woods, is now an expensive housing development That's become my shortcut back out to the country...
To the rural roads...
To visit the cows. Luckily, you can still ride forever out here.
I have come across teens that try and spook the horses, and I even had someone chase me in his car and yell at me in that new development (he was afraid my horse would 'foul' the road in front of his house). Some roads I avoid because folks drive too crazy, but there are still enough of the old farmers around that don't mind you riding around the edges of their fields.
All pixs from a ride on "Angel", our 14 yr seasoned Paint mare.