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        03-16-2009, 01:08 PM
      #21
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tazmanian Devil    
    - when stopped to get a drink (stream, etc.) or stopped because someone dismounts... wait until everyone is ready/mounted before moving off.

    - when crossing an obstacle like a stream, wait until everyone crosses before speeding up.

    Yes!

    And:

    - do not pick the pace up until everyone is at the bottom of the hill.
         
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        03-19-2009, 10:29 AM
      #22
    Super Moderator
    Yeah, rules are extremely important. We actually have another side of the problem: often people may just take off because they see the straight pass, so they consider it to be fun. Not so much fun for others especially if not everyone is a great rider. I hear stories all the time about people falling off because of these "fly away". So for me rule #1 is to ride as fast as the least experience rider can handle (or separate in 2 groups if someone wants to ride faster).

    I have greenies, so I always try to choose carefully who I ride with, and not too many riders in group. Accidents happen, you know. Plus one of my horses is a kicker, so she REQUIRES others in nasty way to have her space and not bother her or me. However I noticed people are pretty ignorant even about the warning or red ribbon and still try to pass you on higher speed or tailgate you from behind. I had her kicking horses in sides several times, so now I mostly ride by myself - just much easier on both of us (I don't have to be under pressure to track her each movement and ears position for the mood).
         
        03-19-2009, 12:45 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    You know, I did a little survey at my barn and only myself and one other person knew about how to us ribbons. WOW. Well. They do now :)
         
        03-19-2009, 03:02 PM
      #24
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rosie9r    
    You know, I did a little survey at my barn and only myself and one other person knew about how to us ribbons. WOW. Well. They do now :)
    Just about everyone I know is aware of the ribbon thing.... but they still don't use them often. I always joke about tying a red ribbon on Soda's bridle because he's a bit of a biter! But usually I just warn ppl and watch him. He's very obvious with his "pissed off" signals right before he goes in for the kill.
         
        03-19-2009, 05:08 PM
      #25
    Foal
    I think another rule is that if another rider is having trouble with their horse, then you should stop until they get their horse under control.
         
        03-22-2009, 05:15 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    I was not even like that and my 4 year old outlaw whent on his first trail ride today. He galloped up the hill with the other horses. We had to meet our friend half way inbetwwen the barn and are firends house because they don`t know how to get through the woods and when he saw the one horse he started bucking because he was exited so he had to get tied to my friends horse on the way back. Ok I could ride in my one friends butt thought the one outlaw got tied to because he dosent kick and their best friends.
         
        03-24-2009, 09:15 AM
      #27
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kershkova    
    I was not even like that and my 4 year old outlaw whent on his first trail ride today. He galloped up the hill with the other horses.
    You may already know this, but running up that hill was a bad idea for a first trail ride. I know too many people that _always_ run up hills. Their horse is basically "trained" to run up a hill at this point. That is not a good thing.

    It is very possible that the run contributed to your horses excitement when meeting the other horses.

    Like almost everything else, a horse should be trained to a new task at a walk. Once he learns that, move to a trot and only then to a lope. Starting new things at a gallop is not a good idea.

    As this relates to the original topic or trail rules... the other riders should have been more aware of the "new" situation and not enticed your horse to run up the hill by doing so themselves.

    I don't mean to lecture, but I just know too many people (and horses) that think uphill and speed are the same thing.
         
        03-24-2009, 01:48 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    I agree with you Taz...I often let my horse trot up hill UNLESS he starts out trotting on his own without my cue. If he starts at a walk, I cue him to trot but not otherwise. And I hate trotting down hill :P
         
        03-24-2009, 05:35 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rosie9r    
    I agree with you Taz...I often let my horse trot up hill UNLESS he starts out trotting on his own without my cue. If he starts at a walk, I cue him to trot but not otherwise. And I hate trotting down hill :P
    I actually think trotting up hills is very good - helps build muscle in the horse. A trot is also a very controlled gait, so it still instills "restraint" in the horse - he is listening to you and not just running wild.

    When I first started riding, everyone I ever went on trail with ran up hills. Then went as fast as there horse could go (although they were not really on fast horses). I mistakenly fell into this habit because I thought is was the thing to do (and it was fun). It took me a while to realize what a mistake it was and that I was teaching my horse a VERY bad habit.

    It drives me crazy when you come to a hill and a horse starts dancing and snorting. The slightest brush of the leg gets interpreted as the starting bell at the track. When the horse gets used to the trail and know where the "running spots" are, they get antsy a while before you even get there!

    My horse, like me, loves to run. But I try to teach him that running is a reward for listening and staying calm and under control. Hills, with some exceptions because I like to keep things varied, are generally for trotting and building those back end muscles. :)
         
        03-27-2009, 04:10 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    aculy it was his second my trainer took him on one before and I rode him in the pasture`s and around the barn. The hill they all most have to because it is so steep and he was in the front he was not following when he loped. We think his old owner did because he is unspookable on trails. We do that to strethen there legs for jumping and barrels.
         

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