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post #11 of 31 Old 03-01-2009, 02:00 PM
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I was 16 when I went out completely on my own for the first time. Never saw it as a big deal though. I mostly went riding on well established trails that have a lot of trail riders, so much so that you know that if something bad happened it'd be a few minutes at most until another rider came along that could then help.
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post #12 of 31 Old 03-01-2009, 08:27 PM
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I think I was about 14 or 15 when I first went out on my own. It was pretty far, but the trails were always near houses and other farms, so if I had any problems I would have been able to get help easily.

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post #13 of 31 Old 03-02-2009, 04:01 AM
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first trail ride without mom i was 7, i felt like going for a ride, she didnt, she wanted to go to town. i still remeber her yelling at me for it when she found out i had left... lol!
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post #14 of 31 Old 03-04-2009, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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wow forgot about this post.........

I was 13 and it was on my OTTB, I had my cell phone on me and it was about an hour and thirty minutes hehe. It was near a public road and an (more or less) inclosed pasture that people could ride their bikes and go jogging on so I saw a few people. Dad said he didn't follow me but I know I saw his car in the parkeing lot where all the bikers parked hehe. He wont admit it though

hahaha, nawww. How sweet.
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post #15 of 31 Old 03-06-2009, 09:45 PM
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My first ride alone was 9. Just down in the woods, for about, 1hour.
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post #16 of 31 Old 03-08-2009, 11:41 PM
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I don't remember...maybe 15 or 16. I got Cope as a 2 year old barely greenbroke when I was 10, so I mainly stayed in the pasture or went with other people for awhile.

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post #17 of 31 Old 03-12-2009, 09:27 PM
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I was around 7 when i first went on a trail ride alone... but i suggest that if you dont want to have a concusion or have you horse fall on you and screw up your knee, dont do it. (thats all happend to me, but im still stupid and do it anyway.)
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post #18 of 31 Old 03-12-2009, 09:48 PM
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I am 14 and terrified to go out on my own. It is not that I am afraid of my horse or have trust issues, but I am accident proned and if I were to get huirt my parents would not let me back on. Ugh.

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post #19 of 31 Old 03-14-2009, 05:40 PM
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I don't know.. 19 I think was my first ride alone, when I got my horse two years ago. :P

Oh wait! How could I forget, I rode a horse alone when I was 15 too.. first a sour old mare that liked to bite my feet, and then a 2,5 years old stallion that had only been ridden about four times or so. But he was calm and nice...

And I've been riding with friends (no adults) and so before. But now when I think about it.. I havn't ridden much at all outside enclosed areas untill I was about 15 with that mare and young stallion (and later on with icelandic horses and a friend, and when I worked on ''trail riding tours'' with haflingers and icelandic horses), I had only taken lessons or managed to borow friends horses and so in arenas or pastures. Tho I always longed for long rides in the woods, free to yield to my imagination and thoughts and at the same time able to run like the wind :P I still do, even tho almost all riding now are outside, alone on trails. I'm not too old to imagine knights and elves and fairy tales when I ride, am I? :P Heck, I even dress up *lmao* It has nothing to do with skirts over the riding pants and whool cloaks/coats being warm and nice in the winter ;)
I've almost forgotten how lucky I am, being able to do this anytime I want. :)

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post #20 of 31 Old 03-14-2009, 05:46 PM
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I started going out alone on shorter trails when i was 12, but it really depends on the horse and the person. I wouldn't send someone that young out on a horse they weren't comfortable with, nor would I send someone out that was immature or always showing and trying some daring. So, for most, 13 or so on easy trails and 15 on harder ones.
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