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post #21 of 35 Old 10-05-2008, 08:22 PM
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I ride only on my own property during the hunt. I have 160 acres, but not many trails. I still wore orange anyway and I still use the bells. Any hunter that doesn't like them certainly isn't going to say anything to me when (s)he is trepassing! However, I really don't think the bells would mess up the hunt. Most hunters don't stalk -- they chase or they sit. Only bow hunters stalk. The other thing is that most hunters go out early and are back by 10 AM for breakfast unless they got something. Then it's time for a brewsky or two and settle down for a nap. The ambitious go back out around 4 PM and that's the hunt. I usually go out late morning for my rides. However, it is always best to be extra safe for that stray Yahoo that was mentioned above.

Hope your ride was a success!
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post #22 of 35 Old 10-06-2008, 09:43 AM
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...yeah.... remember on Sunday's there is no hunting....

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post #23 of 35 Old 10-06-2008, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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I went out on trails both Saturday and Sunday. Boy is my bum sore! Lol

I had an awesome time. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get a trailer, so Montana had to stay behind. But I rode a very nice little paint. He was a blast to ride.

I actually found out the trail we went on isn't owned my state land and that no hunting is allowed anywhere around it.

I didn't wear orange

I did see a bear though! Pretty scary seeing a bear on horseback. Thankfully he just looked at us and then went up the hill.

Sunday was a ride for St. Jude's children's hospital. That was a 13 mile ride. It was lots of fun, but about 3/4 of the way through, my bum, right ankle and back were hurting me. I kept doing stretches and stuff, but the only thing that helped is when I got out of the saddle.

Anything to help with that?

To sum it all up, I had an awesome time and will hopefully go on the trails very soon.
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post #24 of 35 Old 10-06-2008, 10:22 PM
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I did see a bear though! Pretty scary seeing a bear on horseback. Thankfully he just looked at us and then went up the hill.

Sunday was a ride for St. Jude's children's hospital. That was a 13 mile ride. It was lots of fun, but about 3/4 of the way through, my bum, right ankle and back were hurting me. I kept doing stretches and stuff, but the only thing that helped is when I got out of the saddle.

Anything to help with that?
Glad your ride was a success. Bears don't usually bother horses I find. The trail-ready horses here generally just stop and look. And usually need some encouragement to continue past the "bear point". Moose tend to be a bigger problem; many horses freak out when they see / smell one.

Sore bum? Buy a tush-kush at greenhawk. I have to get one for my husband actually.
Sore back? I wonder if you were too stiff? On a long ride, I find you really need to let your lower back roll and bend with the strides.
Ankle? Just one side? Maybe not sitting quite right, but some ankle circles while riding would help I think.
Generally speaking, if this was your first long ride, those aches and pains are normal. It'll come together as you go out more.
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Well I found out yesterday why I was so achey :( It's that time of the month again. So that explains everything.
I am going to buy something for my tush. I think it would really benefit me :)

I'm glad the horses didn't freak out at all. I was more nervous than my horse! Lol
I grew up in a suburb where the largest predator I saw was a fox, so seeing a bear in person was pretty frightening!

I'm sure the more I spend in the saddle, the more I'll get used to it and the less sore I will be.

I can see why people go on trails, It's SO much fun!
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post #26 of 35 Old 10-07-2008, 11:22 AM
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Sorry to hear Montana had to stay home. Glad you had a good time though. I love trail riding, makes owning a horse worth every oat and scrap of hay.
Cashel makes a nice tush cushion. I think they make them for English and western saddles.

On long rides I take my feet out of the stirrups whenever I can. Just dangling your legs, letting your hips stretch out and moving your feet/ankles around helps a bunch. We stop every hour and I always do some stretches, Back, inner thigh etc. helps too. I will also do some hip twists in the saddle. Arms out to the side twist both ways at the hip. I can't go more than 2-3 hours without getting off for a few minutes or I get really cranky.


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I did take my feet out of the stirrups a couple time, but when the irons tapped him in the side, he'd go into a jog.

I was thinking about getting off on the trail ride on Sunday and walking a bit, but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get back INTO the saddle

I think I'll do that next time.

Thanks so much for the tips!

And yes Vida, trail riding is amazing! :)
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post #28 of 35 Old 10-07-2008, 12:25 PM
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Just a couple of tips...When you take your feet out of the stirrups, put your legs between them and your horse.
If you get off and your alone look for a nice hole or hill to put your horse on with you on the uphill side. Tighten your girth first then get on. If your with a group, never feel bad about asking for a boost. Trust me there are lots of folks who need a block or a boost.


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post #29 of 35 Old 10-07-2008, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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ohh ok. I'll do that next time. I'll practice at home :)

I'm glad I got a shorter horse rather than a taller horse, so hopefully on a trail I won't have a problem getting back on.

I have told my mom and Tom that I will never go out on a trail alone. I'm too much of a worrier.
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I use my Hot pink or Lime green saddle pad and I also wear a Bright colored sweatshirt. My friend has a breast collar, halter and tail wrap that's bright.
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