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        09-28-2013, 11:33 AM
      #31
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    Originally Posted by tim62988    
    Sue I would look into something like the SPOT ( findmespot.com ) or something similar if you're riding without cell reception
    We have carried one of these for several years. Never needed it but a comfort to have...just in case. At least you can be found if you send the alert.
         
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        09-28-2013, 11:49 AM
      #32
    Weanling
    At the camp I work at, I have a rule. No one leaves the barn for a trail ride alone. You can ride in the arena alone. But no solo-trail rides. Now, all that said, I do ride alone in the fall winter and spring working cows, training horses, and hunting. I have been in a few "close calls". To ride alone is by far not the best, but it is what it is.
         
        09-29-2013, 09:21 AM
      #33
    Started
    Much as I'd love one of those findme gadgets it's out of my price range. I've been trail riding alone since long before cell phones and internet.

    I do post the major trail I'm taking on facebook and an approximate return time with directions for somebody to come looking if I'm not back. I know there is one person on my friends list who is paying attention and will send help. Hopefully there are more but I won't bank on it.

    I'm keenly aware of the danger. Back in the early 1970's I had a horse rear and flip onto me out on a trail. I was alone. I was able to get back on somehow and get home but I was pretty banged up. Nothing broken but I had a black horrid bruise from groin to knee and was on crutches for a few weeks. Some of the aches I have now I attribute to that fall.

    Couple years ago I was in my front yard pulling weeds and heard a horse come trotting down the road fast. Riderless app pony all saddled up, tack told me it was a kid. Caught the horse and I immediately started up to the snowmobile trails. Was much relieved to find 2 other riders with the kid on back unharmed just a little bit in. Though their attitude was more like they thought I was taking their horse rather than coming to help. If I was taking it I would have ridden out back behind the barn instead of jogging along side the horse and following the tracks back. No idea who they were, never saw them again. Sometimes horse trailers park at the snowmobile club house down the road from me, could be from anywhere.
         
        09-29-2013, 11:34 AM
      #34
    Foal
    When my husband was working 6 hours out of town from where we live I agreed to not ride alone. Well now that its been a year and I've barely ridden any of my 5 horses, I do believe it's the right weather to start riding again.

    I will be going alone letting him know where I'm going and what time I expect to be back. It is hard to find someone to ride with on a committed regular basis.
         
        09-29-2013, 11:36 AM
      #35
    Yearling
    Yesterday I went up and helped gather the cows off the mountain. We left the corrals with 8 riders, but as we got farther out we kept dispersing so we could cover more ground and find all the cows in their secret hide outs. This is far from being a trail ride, You are bushwacking through the trees and underbrush. Stepping over dead fall. When you find a couple of pair, they always seem to split up and head in opposite direction. So you are kicking you horse up to high gear to head them off and doing this on un even terrain thru the brush.

    I talked to the cow handler. He told me he has had that job for 21 years now. He spends the summers alone with the cattle on the grazing permits up on the mountain. Come fall the 5 ranchers who co-op the area grazing, bring all their family and friends to come help round up the cows. But for 4 months, the cow handler rides alone with a couple of dogs doing the work.

    I've often seen guides and outfitters riding alone. They lead a pack string of horses/mules into remote areas to drop off or pick up spot camps. Guides often help hunters find trophy animals and after harvesting them. They call their main camp and have them bring out a string of pack animals to pack the game off the mountain. Again, usually one individual with several pack animals in remote and rugged country by himself.

    So yes a lot of people ride alone. Often in much more dangerous situations than a simple trail ride and seem to survive.


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        09-29-2013, 02:37 PM
      #36
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by TimeFlys    
    When my husband was working 6 hours out of town from where we live I agreed to not ride alone. Well now that its been a year and I've barely ridden any of my 5 horses, I do believe it's the right weather to start riding again.

    I will be going alone letting him know where I'm going and what time I expect to be back. It is hard to find someone to ride with on a committed regular basis.
    You know, that's exactly why my friend entrapped me into getting a horse & riding with her: her husband (who doesn't ride, though we keep nagging him) kept getting worried about her riding alone.
         
        09-29-2013, 10:15 PM
      #37
    Trained
    A lot more people die from sitting around on the couch watching TV and getting heart attacks as a result than die of horse riding accidents.
         
        09-29-2013, 10:55 PM
      #38
    Started
    That is awesome Celeste...lol!

    Dustbunny...GREAT idea with the whistle!

    I personally am too chicken to go out alone. My horse has the confidence, but I don't. I ride with at least one other person. I seem to have more confidence riding when I am with someone. Don't know why.

    However, for those times when I don't have someone to go with me, I trail walk my horse or both horses. It's great exercise for all of us and I enjoy exploring with them. Good alternative.

    We actually have the luxury of 'boarder patrol'....they are ALWAYS watching. So, if something happens, you can bet you will be rescued...lol.
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        10-01-2013, 09:25 PM
      #39
    Foal
    Ride alone almost always. Take cell and keep it on myself. I'd also suggest a helmet for extra safety. The important thing is a quiet horse. Almost any horse will spook given the wrong situation, but the 3 times I've come off Dixie, she stopped after her immediate jump, few steps running and stayed right beside me until I'm remounted.
         
        10-01-2013, 09:35 PM
      #40
    Yearling
    I didn't wade trough the comments but...

    1. If you HAVE to go alone, make sure you tell someone where you are going and how long you are going to be out; make sure they know the route you are taking and do not deviate...cal lit a ride plan..like a flight plan for a pilot. If you have a cell than take it along.

    2. Best bet is take someone along..the buddy system works. Ditto on a cell...there should be at least one.
         

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