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    02-02-2014, 11:41 PM
  #181
Weanling
I had the opportunity today to desensitize my horse to gunfire while on a trail. A man who works at the farm and his daughter, sons, and their little friends were shooting rifles and shotguns. :) My boy didn't like it, but he did not charge or try to bolt. Just a lot of side stepping and spooky faces. When I am old enough, I want to get a handgun to carry along with my regular knife on trails. Yes, awareness is vital to survival, and if I can get away from a bad situation before it happens, I will. But when push comes to shove, I want to be packing, just in case.
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EDIT: I was about ten to twenty feet behind the little shooters, and everyone was keeping a close eye on me in case it got ugly, so that they could tell the boys to stop. The three dogs with me all ran back to the farm, but Winny pushed through it and I am very proud of him.
     
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    02-22-2014, 12:48 AM
  #182
Foal
Thank you for sharing this video. It provides some easy maneuvers that anyone can do to help ward off would-be attackers...things that I might not have thought of on my own. I've never had anyone threaten me on the trails, but I'm keenly aware that it's a real possibility. These tips could make a difference in whether someone escapes harm or not. Kudos to you for posting something so helpful to others.
     
    02-27-2014, 06:25 AM
  #183
Weanling
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Originally Posted by thenrie    
. The bad part is that the cans are big and would likely be carried in the saddle bags, so getting it out in a hurry would be pretty iffy at best.
Maybe one of those water bottle carriers that attach to the horn?
     
    03-16-2014, 05:42 PM
  #184
Foal
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Originally Posted by iRide Ponies    
I just want to point out that many people are talking about if you could or not shoot someone dead-If someone attacks you you don't have to shoot them in the head. You could probably shoot them in the knee or something.
I mean no offense by this, but I would not (and do not) recommend that anyone carry a gun if they don't have it in them to kill someone. If you are being attacked and it's to the point that you are in serious fear for your life, why would you be worried about injuring your attacker? The moment you hesitate and sit there holding the gun, trying to make your mind up if you can do it or not, is the moment you get your gun taken and possibly used on you. If you're not comfortable with that concept, carry a knife/stun gun/ pepper spray/ etc.
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    03-16-2014, 05:49 PM
  #185
Foal
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Originally Posted by flcreek1156    
When in doubt-empty the magazine.
That's right As a police officer, it cracks me up when people say "Can't you just shoot someone in the knee or shoot the gun out of the guy's hand?" For one, people don't realize how difficult that is (especially when you're in a shooting scenario and your accuracy is decreased by an estimated 40% due to stress). Also, the point of having a gun for self defense and using it (police or not) is to "stop the threat". Watch some videos of police officers in gunfights and you'll se that it's not like the movies where the bad guy goes down after one shot.

Sorry for the rant.......
     
    03-16-2014, 08:26 PM
  #186
Weanling
I agree 100%. I have been asked numerous times about warning shots. I always answered that I might shoot the first attacker in the chest to warn the second attacker to run away fast!
     
    04-17-2014, 02:41 AM
  #187
Foal
Such a great post! I hope every instructor would show this and use it in their lessons!
     
    04-17-2014, 05:55 AM
  #188
Yearling
Hey, I've only looked at the last page or so here, but I'm shocked: You guys are talking about carrying firearms when horse riding??? I'm Australian, and this kind of thing just doesn't occur to the riders I've known here (or in Europe). Is your country that much more dangerous than Australia? Do trail riders frequently meet with a sticky end where you are?

Self defence when solo trail walking, I get it, and carry pepper spray and a phone. Nearly used the pepper spray once too when followed by a loonie on a tourist trail, then fortuitously ran into a group of tourists I could stick with. But trail riding, I always feel my best advantage is my horse. Noone on foot or in a 4WD is going to catch my horses past and present on a trail, and I don't let anyone near enough to get near reins, and they'd get a good kick from up high if they tried. Only trail bikes give me the heebiejeebies, because that really could get hairy. But how'd you have an advantage with a gun if a trailbike chased you? How could you even shoot?

Please excuse my puzzlement.
     
    04-17-2014, 09:20 AM
  #189
Showing
My good trail horse would have had no qualms about mowing someone over if asked. If someone tries to intimidate someone with threats to shoot, even if unarmed, our police take this very seriously. A poacher threatened a land owner, not with a gun but threatened his health. He was ultimately charged with trespass and uttering threats. Can't come back in to Canada as uttering threats is a criminal conviction.
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    04-18-2014, 06:33 PM
  #190
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SueC    
Hey, I've only looked at the last page or so here, but I'm shocked: You guys are talking about carrying firearms when horse riding??? I'm Australian, and this kind of thing just doesn't occur to the riders I've known here (or in Europe). Is your country that much more dangerous than Australia? Do trail riders frequently meet with a sticky end where you are?

Self defence when solo trail walking, I get it, and carry pepper spray and a phone. Nearly used the pepper spray once too when followed by a loonie on a tourist trail, then fortuitously ran into a group of tourists I could stick with. But trail riding, I always feel my best advantage is my horse. Noone on foot or in a 4WD is going to catch my horses past and present on a trail, and I don't let anyone near enough to get near reins, and they'd get a good kick from up high if they tried. Only trail bikes give me the heebiejeebies, because that really could get hairy. But how'd you have an advantage with a gun if a trailbike chased you? How could you even shoot?

Please excuse my puzzlement.
All depends on where you ride. Lots of people ride in suburban areas and yeah, there are quite a few sickos around. This problem goes back to our revolving door policy with criminals. We are constantly releasing people from jail that shouldn't be to make more room...Then the lack of taking care of our mentally ill. Now I haven't personally heard of to many cases where horse riders have been attacked but it does happen along.

Out in the wilderness the bigger problem walk on 4 legs or crawl. You Aussies are familiar with crawlers (snakes) but not so much with the 4 legged critters. We have bears, cougars, and such. Given an opportunity they usually go the other way but if provoked, hungry or protecting their young they'll attack. Popping a few rounds off usually convinces them to go another direction. What you can't do is outrun them in their territory. Running kicks in their chase instincts and I can guarantee you that in most places they can outrun you and your horse.

There is also the 2 legged illegal pot growing operation and meth cookers. These guys will shoot, shovel and shut up if you stumble across their operations. Where are they? Out in the middle of nowhere on government lands, the same place many of us like to ride in. Last thing you want to be is unarmed when you accidently stumble across their operation. The first thing you want to do is get the h**l out of there if you do.
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