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post #161 of 224 Old 04-10-2012, 04:21 PM
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Thanks, Nine. And, before I found my boy, I would have never thought that I'd buy a bay. Love from first sight. :)

It was really hard for me to keep calm and polite, but I didn't want to go down to her level and ruin the ride for the rest of the group. It would have been unprofessional and the lady would have had another thing to nag about. Nobody needs that, lol.

A bit of offtopic, but I still had my little revenge. This type of ride includes some runs of fast canter. The lady had boasted how she likes fast cantering, although the mare she had learned riding on and had ridden most of the time is not the fastest one. A plodder, actually. The mare she had been given for the trail ride, however, is a speed devil, if given the opportunity, but controllable and such. I was aware that the rest of the group would be able and safe to keep up, so, when we came to a place where it was possible, I showed them one pleasant hell of speed. Everybody enjoyed themselves very much.

Especially because our damsel in distress now kept silent until the end of the ride and did not repeat her boasting about experience in speed riding. :)

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post #162 of 224 Old 05-19-2012, 08:24 AM
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I once attended to a trail riding. That was amazing. (got a few branches in the face)

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post #163 of 224 Old 05-19-2012, 01:44 PM
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I don't know if this is an etiquette question or not, but with all the comments on hunting it might be ok...

Do many people carry a gun while riding, and if so what would they recommend. It is very common here to have at least one in the group packing...
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post #164 of 224 Old 05-20-2012, 02:07 PM
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I don't know what you prefer, really. If you really want to carry a firearm, a carabine is an excellent choice (shortened version of a rifle) or a six shooter revolver. I'm sure they sell those to civilians.

For carabines, you need something that can be maneuvered with ease and to be able to reload it fast. A lever action carabine is the best choice for a rider. They also shoot small caliber ammunition so "peas" won't be a problem to find. You can also use them to shoot coyotes or snakes.
It looks like this:


With the pistols, things are pretty much straightforward. Not much to say about them.

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Well, I'm not worried about coyotes or bears, but we do have rattle snakes.

I do like that carabine, but I haven't shot a rifle in a while. I would rather something more hidden, for the two-legged snakes. A lightweight pistol is more what I wanted, need to train the horse to it too, he doesn't know much.
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I pack a lever rifle like pictured in a large caliber plus either a pistol or revolver on just about every trail ride.

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Well, I'm not worried about coyotes or bears, but we do have rattle snakes.

I do like that carabine, but I haven't shot a rifle in a while. I would rather something more hidden, for the two-legged snakes. A lightweight pistol is more what I wanted, need to train the horse to it too, he doesn't know much.
The Judge by Taurus would cover your needs. It handles 410 shotgun shells and .45 colt. Load a couple chambers up with each and you'll be protected from snakes of all kinds. Here's an article on them.

Taurus Judge perfect for self-defense - North Carolina Sportsman
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Well, I'm not worried about coyotes or bears, but we do have rattle snakes.

I do like that carabine, but I haven't shot a rifle in a while. I would rather something more hidden, for the two-legged snakes. A lightweight pistol is more what I wanted, need to train the horse to it too, he doesn't know much.

If you are looking for something small, Bond makes a nice derringer. What's nice is that you can load it with snake-shot... basically a .45cal barrel and instead of a bullet, you have a shotgun spray. About as small a gun as you can get, and it is much easier to hit a snake when you have a spread of shot coming out.

(Just realized the Taurus Judge is a similar handgun. However, the bond looks like it is quite a bit smaller. From what I have heard, Bond is a more reliable piece of equipment than Taurus.)
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The Judge by Taurus would cover your needs. It handles 410 shotgun shells and .45 colt. Load a couple chambers up with each and you'll be protected from snakes of all kinds. Here's an article on them.

Taurus Judge perfect for self-defense - North Carolina Sportsman
I read the article - I laughed hard when it said a lot of folks in the Deep South buy these for snakes! I am in the Deep South...

It sounds perfect for my needs, I have a friend works at a gun store, I will see if he has a "Judge" there. I think it is important to have one to carry with me, not leave on the horse, just in case we get separated.

I plan to ride out on my own a lot, and I think having my own "Judge" (love that name) around will remind some snakes to mind their manners. LOL
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If you are looking for something small, Bond makes a nice derringer. What's nice is that you can load it with snake-shot... basically a .45cal barrel and instead of a bullet, you have a shotgun spray. About as small a gun as you can get, and it is much easier to hit a snake when you have a spread of shot coming out.

(Just realized the Taurus Judge is a similar handgun. However, the bond looks like it is quite a bit smaller. From what I have heard, Bond is a more reliable piece of equipment than Taurus.)
Thanks, if the "Judge" is too big for me, I will look for the Bond...I need to keep it on me so weight is important too!
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