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.