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        09-23-2013, 09:29 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    For several years I mostly rode solo, and I kind of prefer to go solo or with (at most) one or two other people so we can openly communicate about speed, where we're going, if someone needs to stop and do a tack adjustment/fix, whatever.

    When you get into bigger groups. . .I don't know, it just seems like there are always problems. People get stupid or inconsiderate. Trail etiquette just gets tossed aside.

    Having said that, you take a bigger risk riding solo simply because things can get bad in a hurry, even if it's a trail you know well.
         
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        09-23-2013, 10:01 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    99% of my riding is alone, out on the trails.

    But I always carry my cell phone with me (attached to ME and not the horse) and my husband always knows when I am out riding, and the possible places I could go.

    I trust my horses to go out alone. Not everyone has a trustworthy "solo" horse, so be careful with that too.
         
        09-25-2013, 08:17 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    Haven't had anybody to ride with in 14 yrs. It's alone or nothing.

    Wish I had cell phone reception out here but it's rare to have enough service to get a txt out. I do carry it anyway on the outside chance something might work.
         
        09-25-2013, 09:00 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    I prefer riding with others, but it isn't always possible. When I go out alone I stick to trails I know, carry my cell phone, and try to let people know where I'm going to be.
         
        09-26-2013, 11:02 AM
      #25
    Started
    I am comfortable riding alone. To me, any more than two riders is too large a group.
    Carry a whistle! The sound carries in case someone has to come looking for you.
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        09-26-2013, 02:26 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    I have only trail ridden alone once, and all other times it was in fairly large (always 3+) groups. Riding alone sounds like something I would really enjoy, though...
         
        09-26-2013, 05:26 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 6gun Kid    
    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.
    I agree it is nice to get out there alone and enjoy what God made!!!
         
        09-27-2013, 12:44 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    My best rides have been alone
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        09-27-2013, 03:31 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    Sue I would look into something like the SPOT ( findmespot.com ) or something similar if you're riding without cell reception

    I would love to ride my mare more solo but I don't really dare just yet. She is a pain if taken out of the pasture by herself so riding at home without one of the 2 other horses is just a fight but riding alone away from home she is much better. A few weeks ago when my wife & I were camping with some of her friends they took a short cut back to the campsite and I took a different route back and once my mare got over being away from the pack that was the most calm & responsive she had been on the 4 days of riding


    I think to ride in a group you really have to find the right group:
    - most of the groups I ride with are a lot of fun and range from 1 other to 5 others but when we get up to 4-6horses it generally falls into 2 groups staying within eyesight of eachother except for one where it's a very rigid single file line with lots of communication forward and backwards
    -one group I ride with includes my wife's co-workers and the one just isn't a pleasure to ride with because the rider lacks common sense thus putting my horse into bad for us situations by crowding where then she gets nervous and the girl doesn't even recognize it so huge issue there


    But on the riding solo topic... I always keep keys, phone, wallet on me instead of the horse but what about a jerk line like they use in tie-down roping. Just something that will be 10-20' long and allow you to grab hold of something without being drug, not necessarily a full jerk line which is used to get the horse to back up but just a long line from the bridle/halter and coiled in a belt loop?
         
        09-28-2013, 07:22 AM
      #30
    Foal
    It's best to go with someone else for safety. My friend was on his horse on a trail, his horse spooked and he fell in a ditch and snapped his leg. He was there for a whole night and was found in the morning. All the trails I've been on were with someone else. Whether with my mom, sister, or a buddy, I've always felt safer going with a friend. One time I even went on a group ride with sixteen other people!
         

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