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post #1 of 30 Old 03-13-2009, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question Rules of Trail Riding??

Sometimes when I go out on the big trail rides my stables sometimes has on the weekends ("big" being like 10 people), there is always someone (always the same person) who gets in a tizzy because another rider isnt following "the rules of trail riding"....are there actually established rules or is it just the normal courtesy things we do anyway?

I am mainly wondering since the chick that is always complaining is an old stick in the mud and I would love to be able to tell her to shut it. (It usually seems like she is complaining about other people because she cant control her own horse if she's not nose to butt with the horse in front of her.)
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post #2 of 30 Old 03-13-2009, 12:14 PM
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There is definitely trail riding etiquette -

*When you are coming from behind say - on your left (or right) to let the person/horse know you are passing.

*One horse length between you and the horse in front

*After passing, wait an appropriate distance before you pick up the pace to ensure the rider you passed has their mount under control.

*Red ribbon for known kickers

*Individuals riding known kickers/green horses/mares in season should move horses rear to side of trail to allow safe passing

*Ride the speed of the least experienced rider

*When you meet another group on trail - all riders go to the same side of the trail to allow oncoming group to do the same.

*Bikers yield to horses/peds, Peds yield to horses
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I think mls has it right - they're not really "established" rules per se, they're just kind of "known" the same way you know to call "inside" or "outside" when approaching or passing someone in the arena. What is this "stick in the mud" complaining about exactly?

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*After passing, wait an appropriate distance before you pick up the pace to ensure the rider you passed has their mount under control.
A very good summary, and I would add that similar to this one, you should slow the pace when approaching another group, i.e. don't lope up upon a group walking.

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we already do everything mls said (thanks!) except we dont put ribbons on tails, we just say hey hes a kicker or whatever else we warn each other about. (we have all been riding together with the same horses for months)

we have some pasos that ride with us, they are little high strung but have no problem being out with the nongaited horses... she says first, that she cant ride her 15.3 qtr horse with the pasos because her horse wants to run all the time since the pasos legs are moving faster even when we are walking.

then sometimes part of the group will want to trot instead of walk. so the people(its usually just me on the TB and the pasos) that want to move faster, move waaaay ahead of the group before trotting or cantering. this is when she really starts going on about the rules of trail riding. the last time we all rode together, we moved way in front of the group almost over to the other side of the hill so their horses couldnt see us go faster. the whole time she is yelling (literally screaming) at us to stop because her horse wants to run after us and she cant keep him under control. (her way of keeping him under control is baby talking to him btw) so right now everyone avoids rides with her or either of her horses. grr stick in the mud. sorry for the rant. :op
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she basically says if we arent walking as slowly as possible, nose to butts , never stepping off the trail (no bush whacking) the entire time, we are not following trail riding rules and yells about it the entire ride.
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we have some pasos that ride with us, they are little high strung but have no problem being out with the nongaited horses... she says first, that she cant ride her 15.3 qtr horse with the pasos because her horse wants to run all the time since the pasos legs are moving faster even when we are walking.


That's just ridiculous. What does she expect you to do about it?
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It's not unusual to have 'walk only' groups of riders, and the best solution IMHO is to break into two groups that have slightly different start times. That way each group can pick their pace and trail difficulty.

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Ick, why do you even ride with her? I would talk to her about it and give her another chance and not invite her again if she kept it up. Trailriding is supposed to be fun. Frankly I'm suprised she goes with you guys, she cannot be having a good time! It sounds like her & her horse need some individual work before they ride with other people.
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Frankly I'm suprised she goes with you guys, she cannot be having a good time!
I agree. I can see having an issue the first time but to keep banging her head on the wall?

Some horses are highly competitive and need to be in front. I have one of those. When he gets too antsy dancy, we two track - A LOT. He is starting to understand dancing is work. But he is also the type I can circle to the back of the group and he has such a big (not fast - big) walk that soon he is back up front again.
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