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  • Can i go on a trail ride if I've never ridden?

 
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    03-27-2009, 08:25 AM
  #21
Foal
My first solo trail ride was LAST WEEK, at the age of 38. I am a newer rider and at my age, I tend to think of all of the "what ifs". I did ride a few miles by myself though. I had my friend drop me off with my horse and then we rode home. I figured he would behave as he was headed home and he did.
     
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    03-29-2009, 11:00 AM
  #22
Trained
My big sister and I were going out on trail rides alone when we were about 5 and 6. Now as an adult I wonder where our parents were?!

As a mother now I would let my son trial ride around the farm at about 10 and down the roan at...hmm I'm really not sure. I want to say 12-13 Depending on how mature he is, and how good his horse is.
     
    03-31-2009, 08:57 PM
  #23
Yearling
I had never ridden by myself on a trail quite yet, but I'm pretty young and don't own a horse..
I think it depends how good you are. I mean, if you're 16 and just started riding, obviously you won't be on a trail alone. But if you're 9 and have been riding since you were a baby, you'd probably be able to handle yourself.
=]
     
    04-01-2009, 02:57 PM
  #24
Yearling
I started trail riding on my own around six or seven, riding my uncle's older mare and my grandfather's draft.
Nowadays, I rarely trail ride on my own, though. Too many places to get in trouble and too many places with no cell phone reception on the trails I ride.
     
    04-01-2009, 06:34 PM
  #25
Yearling
I've only gone alone a few times when I was really mad or upset. But there are a lot of girls around my age at the farm, so we usually go out and have fun together. :)
     
    04-07-2009, 07:34 PM
  #26
Green Broke
I'm not alloud to go out alone, Phillip won't allow it. He has to have Savnnah go with him. I''l probably go out with the two (somehow) out while I'm by myself, and I'm 13. I go out alone when I ride my ATV, and when I run, so horseback I guess I'd be alloud. I ride the ATV with no helmet, but with the ponies I do, so I guess you know, if and when I have kids, 13/14 riding alone...
     
    04-07-2009, 07:43 PM
  #27
Foal
I think if your parents now where you going and a time limit you need to be back then it would be OK.
But you are not really sopose to ever ride alone anyway. This girl name bethany went off and rode alone and the horse fell on top of her and caused her to have internal bleeding and she died is surgery she was only 14.
     
    04-14-2009, 10:44 PM
  #28
Foal
WOW !! Talk about good timing !!! I am planning on going for my first ALONE trail ride in the morning. Yup...I am a bit hesitant, but I need to get that first alone trail ride under my belt. One reason for me to go out alone, is so I don't have to depend on other's schedules to go riding....got my horse, got my trailer, packing a lunch, cell phone, helmut....off we go!!!! I will try to remember to post tomorrow and let you know how it goes......
     
    04-15-2009, 12:28 AM
  #29
Weanling
Goin' gaiting, that's great to hear. Deffinetly let us know how it goes.

Have fun out there!
     
    04-17-2009, 05:01 PM
  #30
Weanling
I think I was around 7... but I had a super dead broke pony, and (hate to say it) times were a little different then. I still live on the same farm, with kids of my own, but I would not let them go alone - not for a good long while yet. Of course, when I was a kid, the best thing in the world was to ride out to the apple orchard a section kitty corner from us, and let the pony graze while lying on her bareback. Now days, the area has been developed in the outskirts, and there are TONS of jerks on dirtbikes & 4 wheelers blasting through the private property. No way would I let my boys go out there now.
     

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