Originally Posted by Iseul
That's what I meant..Obviously we won't be galloping anymore, but if we want any trails, we have to canter on the pavement. I'm not walking around a bend on a 45mph route. Our roads don't have grassy shoulders, usually no shoulder at all.
Don't B.S. The B.S'r. I've been trail riding 55 years and the bulk of that has been on roads. State highways, one lane Deliverance Roads where there is nowhere to get off and here comes a big cement truck or tri-axle dump rumbling up the hill.
You do not need to canter around that bend - sorry. If those were my horses you'd be off of them and doing nothing but mucking their stalls for the next year.
You started this thread on the defensive because you knew how it was going to turn, after the long-time riders had a chance to read it.
My son was 10 when he put my horse down on the blacktop --- cantering him behind my back when I absolutely told him not to. There were several of us moms and all our children on the back road that day. My son sneakily stayed in the back.
He caught more Holy H888 from me that day than the entire rest of his life and he was off the horse for the rest of that summer. Tissed me off, too, because I had to pay babysitter or wait until his father got off work so I could ride.
You get my point-----------------------------------