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post #41 of 47 Old 10-01-2013, 09:17 PM
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Depends on the horse. If it's a green horse I try to only go when other people are going out, but eventually even they have to go out alone to get their confidence built up.

I definitely suggest a helmet, cell phone, telling someone where you're headed and I go one step further and wear an eventing vest.

I believe in better safe than sorry, but not enough to stop me from enjoying my life.
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post #42 of 47 Old 10-09-2013, 11:50 PM
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I almost always ride alone since my husband quit riding. There is no cell reception here, but I always tell someone my exact route and about how long I'll be gone. I always say a prayer as I head out and so far (in 30 years) so good.
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post #43 of 47 Old 10-10-2013, 01:06 AM
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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.
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post #44 of 47 Old 10-10-2013, 01:14 AM
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I do most of my trail riding alone also. I just like it better that way. When my mom can join me I really enjoy that also but most of the time I go solo.
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post #45 of 47 Old 10-18-2013, 11:58 PM
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Amazingly enough I thought about taking a picture while I was on my typical "trail" ride (great riding weather we're having now). Checking out my latest gift. A bitless bridle. The horses didn't know what to think of it since a halter is all I've put on them for years and all these two were use to.

As you can see it's along paved roads and around here most people don't ride along paved roads (I don't count them trailering to town to ride and a parade ) so riding alone is pretty much a given.
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post #46 of 47 Old 10-23-2013, 03:40 PM
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I mostly ride alone, most people in my area don't count what I do as *trail riding*

I may be the worlds most boring hacker outer. For the most part we walk along the road or through neighbouring farms on a long rein, only ever stoping or speeding up to jump random ditches and banks. Everyone who comes with me gets bored and goes home.

Course, that's the way me and my pony like it. .
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post #47 of 47 Old 11-29-2013, 05:38 PM
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I just ordered this off of an Etsy.com store for my saddle. You never know when a horse is going to spook and at least this is a small, visible and easy way to have someone call for help if they grab your horse somewhere. That way your family/emergency contact knows you were in an accident. I put my emergency contact number AND my own number on it. Just in case.

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