Like some others if I didn't ride alone I'd never ride
. It would be wonderful to have someone ride along with me, but I don't hold out much hope. Most of the riders near me are women and so far none of them are ok with paved roads or bushwhacking and only a couple will deal with a dirt road (which is the only other way to reach part of the nearest trail)
Since the majority of my riding is along roads I wouldn't have anyone to ride with anyway. Not many people around here train their horses to ride along roads and are scared to death of the idea.
Plus, if I just rode "trails" I'd be extremely limited unless I wanted to haul someplace and hauling time cuts down on riding time
If I broke it down my riding is about 45% along paved roads, 25% dirt roads, 15% bushwhacking, 15% trails. I have to ride a road or bushwhack to get to a trail anyway
I know several people who get concerned about me riding along the road, but the horse has to start sometime and I started doing this before I was 16 (ok, that's 40 years ago).
Of course they miss out on some wonderful interaction with people you'd never meet otherwise. When I ride through a new area I've had people call to me to have me ride up to their house so they could see the horse better. Parents ask if I'd stop and they get their child out from the TV to come see the horse. I've had people see me coming 1/4 mile away and stand around waiting for me to reach them. People around here aren't use to seeing someone riding so I enjoy giving them the opportunity to get more familiar with horses and riders. It would be great if there were more people who did it so I'd have someone to ride with.