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post #11 of 47 Old 09-15-2013, 02:27 PM
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A friend of mine hires sheepherders from South America. Many don't know how to ride a horse when they arrive. They are given one lesson, then left in a sheep camp by themselves with a couple of well-broke horses. They then ride alone every day.

It isn't entirely risk-free, and my friend has had his ribs broken when a horse fell in the mountains. But I'd wager that if the horse is well-broke, the danger is less than the danger of learning to jump with horses. FWIW, he says the horses have saved the life of more than one lost sheepherder. Last winter, one sheepherder dropped his reins and started to confess his sins to God when lost in a snowstorm. Apparently he had many sins to confess, and was still confessing an hour later when his horse stopped a couple of feet from his trailer!

Me? Well, I'll let you know as soon as my mare hits the 'well-broke' stage...
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post #12 of 47 Old 09-15-2013, 02:50 PM
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I also ride alone a lot. The only other advice I can ad is put a piece of junk mail or anything with your info (name, address, home, and cell#'s) on it in case you become separated from your otherwise trusty mount. Happy trails
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post #13 of 47 Old 09-15-2013, 02:52 PM
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I also ride alone a lot. The only other advice I can ad is put a piece of junk mail or anything with your info (name, address, home, and cell#'s) on it in case you become separated from your otherwise trusty mount. Happy trails
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I had a pet identification tag engraved with my horse's name and my info. I keep it on the tack when I ride and if its storming I braid it into his mane.
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post #14 of 47 Old 09-15-2013, 02:57 PM
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My answer: Yes, but...
You need to be a good and confident rider. Even the most quiet horse may spook in the wild. The horse has to be well trained to listen to any cue instantly and move from your leg sideway.

Then... yes! Like others, if I waited for company, I'd never ride. There are always risks involved, but we can minimize. I have my phone, GPS included. I wear a helmet at all times and tell someone where I plan to go and for how long.
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post #15 of 47 Old 09-15-2013, 03:32 PM
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With my well-broke horses I ride alone all the time. No problems, no worries. It's wonderful.

BUT, I now have a 3 yr old that is green broke and I know I NEED to be riding him alone and I just have the hardest time bringing myself to do it. I've come off him twice riding by myself when he's spooked and now I almost have a phobia about it. I hate myself for not having the confidence in him like I do my other horses, but my other horses are around 20 years old. I tell myself it's not fair to expect the 3 yr old to act like a 20 year old. And yet here I am yet again, dreading taking the 3 yr old out.

It's awful actually. I love the darn horse so much I can't get rid of him.....and yet I am afraid to ride him by myself. I've been riding with a friend all summer and now fall is in the air and I don't know if I am ready to fly solo this winter. I just don't know what to do. I know it's my problem, not the horses problem. He is a decent horse for the most part, just a random spook or a random buck here and there. I just don't want to hit the ground again. And I am much more likely to hit the ground alone because he is spookier alone. Sometimes it makes me feel like giving up on riding altogether.
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post #16 of 47 Old 09-15-2013, 10:30 PM
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I know it's my problem, not the horses problem. He is a decent horse for the most part, just a random spook or a random buck here and there. I just don't want to hit the ground again. And I am much more likely to hit the ground alone because he is spookier alone. Sometimes it makes me feel like giving up on riding altogether.
You are most likely just feeling normal common sense. It is dangerous going out alone on insane horses. When I was younger, I never worried about it. I also got thrown, hurt, abandoned by the horse, etc. more than once. I worry now because I actually have the maturity to not be so stupid.

Ride a well broke horse alone. If you ride a young or high strung horse alone, it is better to keep the rides short and let somebody know when you will be back so they can come check on you.

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post #17 of 47 Old 09-16-2013, 05:40 PM
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Letting someone know where you are riding is good if riding alone. Sometimes we can get too cautious which can interfere with "living." Riding with someone is good but if you have ride alone so be it, keep your common sense and don't forget to take deep breaths. It will relax you and your horse.
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post #18 of 47 Old 09-16-2013, 09:55 PM
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I actually prefer, in a lot of cases, to ride alone. Gets me the hell away from people and the world, and I enjoy the solitude.
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post #19 of 47 Old 09-16-2013, 10:49 PM
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I ride alone all the time. My husband rides dirtbikes and I am fortunate our friend has a large ranch that is close to the dirtbike lease they ride on so we go up together and camp and both do our riding. I have 3000 all to myself and have come to prefer riding alone. Cell phones do not work so I do not bother. I do always pack my saddle bags probably to full but enough if something happens [per say ending up in an emergent situation. I always were a bright orange or pink shirt so I can be found. I did run into some hunters on a neighboring fence line and they told me that could see me from miles away. I spend up to 9 hours out on the ranch on my own. I do stick to 4 different routes and tell my hubby which one I am going on that day. These are actually old dirt bike trails so the guys would be able to find me easily if I did not return. My advice always let someone know how long you are going to be out, stay on a known trail and remain cautious and be prepared. When I ride around home I ride the county roads and cotton fields and do take my cell and let my hubby know how long and where I am going. There is nothing wrong with riding alone. I find the connection with my horse has gotten stronger the more I ride alone.
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post #20 of 47 Old 09-17-2013, 12:21 AM
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Going riding alone was one of the big reasons I got a horse trailer this year. I generally only got out to one or two trail rides a year when I depended on others for transportation. I think I've ridden more trail rides this summer than I have in all the years I've been riding now- I lucked out in that my horse is much more experienced at trail riding (and trail riding without other horses!) than I am. I probably wouldn't have even tried it if I didn't know that his previous owner had ridden him on the trails a lot and most of the time alone. I'm really enjoying my solo trail rides with him As others have said, I do let someone know when I head and out and get back, and thus far I've been always going to the same state park.
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