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    04-18-2014, 08:06 PM
  #191
Yearling
Wow! Well, I'm glad we don't have bears or fast large carnivores here. We have the same revolving door system with criminals, in fact don't put many away that should be as well, so my sympathies. Hmm yes, meth labs, I've seen Breaking Bad. Actually when I was a teenager I was on a trail endurance training my mare when I came across people acting suspiciously. I didn't go anywhere near them but turned and raced my mare out of there, into the forest where I could not be followed by 4WD if they tried (I didn't hang around to see what they would do). I reported it to the police and they found a pot-growing operation. Not sure if that is profitable enough or criminal enough for people to kill for over here, but meth certainly would be. Something else to think about when riding solo on our Crown land... but hey, they'd have to disappear the horse as well, I mean, if my horse came back without me and I couldn't be found the search for me would probably uncover any illegal operations in the area, unless it's by RV...
     
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    04-25-2014, 10:42 PM
  #192
Green Broke
I sure hope we don't wind up like Australia.
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    04-26-2014, 12:36 AM
  #193
Yearling
Whatever do you mean? I generally feel safe riding on trails here, and there hadn't been any megafauna in the country for thousands of years, and the ones we have now are imported herbivores. So I'm grateful I've never been in a situation where I would seriously have to consider carrying a firearm on a horse.
     
    04-26-2014, 09:29 PM
  #194
Green Broke
I mean, I hope we don't get stripped of our liberty like Australia did.

Many of the gun forums I read have a few Aussies complaining about the way the gun situation went in Australia.
     
    04-26-2014, 10:25 PM
  #195
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Another reason for carrying a gun...it allows the rider to put the horse out of its misery in case of a broken leg or serous injury. If you are miles into the wilderness there is no chance for a vet call.
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    04-27-2014, 08:21 AM
  #196
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
I mean, I hope we don't get stripped of our liberty like Australia did.

Many of the gun forums I read have a few Aussies complaining about the way the gun situation went in Australia.
Oh, that's what you mean! Well, farmers can still have guns, and do, and people who are attached to gun clubs, get licenses and are of good character in the sense of not having criminal convictions or a history of domestic or social violence. The tightening of gun laws in this country has actually brought down significantly the death rate from accidental shootings, and we've not had another Port Arthur Massacre, which it was a response to. In theory those massacres are of course still possible, because previously sane people can go off the rails and because insane people can still get weapons if they have money.

Our biggest complaint here is that it is still possible for the wrong types of people to get guns illegally, and that they don't get thrown in shark-infested waters when they do...

Our neighbours are in the gun club and haven't any complaints. Just telling you the story from a wider perspective than what our gun forums will tell you! We have a lot of rednecks in Australia who hang out on gun forums and they are more likely to whinge about weapons restrictions. Some of them probably shouldn't have guns.

The level of gun-related violence here per capita is so much lower than in the US, so we don't have that many people who think that our liberties are being unacceptably restricted. We kind of like not getting shot.
     
    04-27-2014, 11:01 AM
  #197
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"Our biggest complaint here is that it is still possible for the wrong types of people to get guns illegally, and that they don't get thrown in shark-infested waters when they do..."

Bingo!!!!
I do like the shark-infested waters idea...
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    04-27-2014, 07:39 PM
  #198
Yearling
We could get a somewhat cyclical food chain that way, like this:

Algae --> Generic Little Fish --> Generic Medium Fish --> Human (Criminal) --> Shark --> Human (Citizen eating Fish& Chips)

This model is for a fish-eating criminal. It might be fun constructing others.
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    05-20-2014, 01:47 AM
  #199
Foal
I go on a lot of trail rides.. and I like to take my horse out sometimes just by ourselves and I always think what if ...there is always hikers out by themselves they don't always look like the average hiker... I def like the spinning of my horse .. he is 16.1 with a good size rump..
     
    06-10-2014, 11:55 AM
  #200
Foal
Dang it I can't watch the video :3 But it has crossed my mind before about encountering not so nice, and even possibly dangerous, people on trails or in woods; where I am drug deals are done pretty often in the areas surrounding.
( not my neighbors or my woods luckily though, that's where I ride most often.)
     

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