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.