I have been checking out the forum since I'm a new user that video had some good pointers especially spinning your horse and going forward with the perp. I'm a Martial Arts instructor and a former Ranger. I despise a bully, rapist, crook honestly size does matter to a point but not completely and caring a weapon is illegal in some states and that doesnít mean that a person will use it there are two options fight or flight. 1. Try to do what the video recommended and turn your horse so you can get the person off balance so you can get away GO to a safe spot where there is a lot of people then ask for help.
2. Carry a weapon Mace it is effective and it will give you a chance to get awayit is considered a less lethal form of self-defense and it will also work on animals you may encounter on the trail. A. Carry a knife It is a bit more aggressive in defense and unlike the movies if you are forced to stab or cut someone they donít die immediately there adrenalin will start racing and it will anger them it may cause you more harm if they are able dismount you. I personally carry a k-bar knife but thatís me I have been trained to defend myself with this weapon. B. Carry a gun Not all states and parks will let you carry a firearm even with a permit the penalties can be very severe. And not all people can pull the trigger on someone and take there life it doesnít make you any less of a person the act of taking another persons life is a terrible thing it does have its repercussions and not just the legalities of it either that is something that you never forget. Its very unfortunate that there are people out there that would want to cause you harm I would recommend that everyone looks into taking some sort of self-defense class. We choose to ride our horses and enjoy the scenery and the freedom of nature by choice Please be observant and cautious not everyone is as nice as you are.
As a former LEO I am happy to see constructive common sense approaches to personal safety. I am a big ugly guy, so I am rarely bothered (I am also usually strapped), but I have been put in dicey situations myself. But I am also the father of 2 beautiful teenaged daughters, and now the step father to an equally beautiful 6 year old step daughter.... and I worry. A LOT. The best defense anyone can have situational awareness. I like the fact that this guy's approach seems to stress that. Yes having a knife or a gun is handy, but not fool proof. Just to put it in perspective, the average high school kid can run the 100 yd dash in the 10 second range. That extrapolates to 30 feet in 2 seconds (roughly, the wife is the math teacher not me). So think can you effectively draw a gun (or knife), find a point of aim, and be steady on your sight picture in 2 seconds? I can, but it has taken years of practice.
So do yourself a favor and be aware, that is your best defense. Ride safe and smart.
Thank you for the URL for the video...very useful. I would like to say that the only time I have felt threatened in my 30+ years of trail riding alone in the forest was a very frightening bear encounter. If I had a weapon with me, I doubt that I could have controlled my horse, got the weapon out and aimed it, let alone fired it without a disaster happening. Think about whether you could really fire a weapon from your horse in an emergency situation! I think it would be a lot wiser to use the horse to your advantage and fun to teach these maneuvers too! But if you want to go the gun route, make sure you practice with your horse.
Thanks for posting. The worlds full of nutters sad to say and better to be able to deal with them. If I meet a lone walker on the trails or if some one stopped by me in a car in the UK I keep as far away as I can so I can ride off fast if they worry me for some reason. Normal people are unlikely to want to come close to a horse & rider
The trailer loading is more of a concern, a lot of the parking places are in isolated lonely spots