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post #31 of 46 Old 07-28-2009, 12:39 AM
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I would never tell on anyone for trespassing on public land or anywhere else if they are not destroying any crops or doing damage. I feel live and let live. I ride in parks, green belts, walking paths, keep a dust pan on my horse and clean off his poop and other then tracks try to show no sign of my passing. I don't appreciate people/joggers yelling at me or telling me I shouldn't be there and I in turn show respect for them . Dirtbikes, 4 wheelers, mountain bikers if they show me courtesy I will return the same courtesy.
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If my horse can't handle these people he will learn in short order to handle anything that comes along, and I mean anything.
State Trails often have trails for everyone, for safety reasons...yes, be courteous in whatever way you want to, but there ARE people out there who are very discourteous to others, even when they are on trails that are marked for horses...Not everyone who rides on a state trail has a spook proof horse, and that is why people should respect the rules, period. I know around here, we have more problems with people who walk with their dogs on the horse trails...and these aren't dogs who are used to horses, but city pets, who's first impression of a horse is to race up to it full force barking...to alot of horses, not an issue, but to some horses...not pretty.

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post #32 of 46 Old 07-28-2009, 08:56 AM
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we have more problems with people who walk with their dogs on the horse trails...and these aren't dogs who are used to horses, but city pets, who's first impression of a horse is to race up to it full force barking...to alot of horses, not an issue, but to some horses...not pretty.
I use to ride along this stretch of grass, about 2 miles long and a regular dog walking path. It was totally safe for horses and dogs since there were no roadways, houses or anything around. I often ran into groups of people walking their dogs, up to a dozen at the most. After a friendly visit with the people I would take their dogs for a wild run. I would put Strider into a good run, and the pack of dogs would take up the chase. I would run them for about 1/2 mile and then stop turn and run back to their owners with half the pack running ahead of me in fright and the other 1/2 breaking around us and once again taking up the chase.
We all had a great time and it was fun for everyone .
Never once did he get bit or even nipped.
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Because of all the dogs that would chase us on horse back in the area I was growing up in and owners who didn't call them back, we taught our horses to turn and chase dogs, rather than to run from them...Most dogs it only took one time of us whipping around and chasing them back to their driveways and they would leave us alone!

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[quote=MacabreMikolaj] We've called the police, they don't care. Laws are great, but good luck enforcing them out in the boondocks. So I've taken to riding with large rocks in my pocket.


I think at that point...I would have started packing my gun and next time they went flying by acting like a$$e$, I would be blowing out some tires...but that is me...Chick with a gun :)
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I would never tell on anyone for trespassing on public land or anywhere else if they are not destroying any crops or doing damage. I feel live and let live. I ride in parks, green belts, walking paths, keep a dust pan on my horse and clean off his poop and other then tracks try to show no sign of my passing.
RD, that's NOT what I'm talking about. Do you also ride in parks and on trails, which are prohibited for horse back riding (and we have plenty like that too)? I personally don't. It's not about yelling or not or telling people what to do or not, but the law is the law and one has to obey. Sorry, it's just my point of view.
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I think at that point...I would have started packing my gun and next time they went flying by acting like a$$e$, I would be blowing out some tires...but that is me...Chick with a gun :)
I like the way you think! I'd totally be doing that if I didn't live in Canada where most guns are illegal We've contemplated carrying BB guns to give them something to think about, but Shay-las mom always freaks out about the cops getting called. So rocks it is!

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I like the way you think! I'd totally be doing that if I didn't live in Canada where most guns are illegal We've contemplated carrying BB guns to give them something to think about, but Shay-las mom always freaks out about the cops getting called. So rocks it is!
Absolutely NO GUNS, BB or anything is allowed. If you have a break in even in your house you can not pull a gun. Stupid law but forget the guns, sling shot or anything else. The law would be on their side even if they are trespassing on your land. You can't even threaten them.

As for the law I have a 12 or 15 mile circuit I run. About 1/2 mile of it has a NO HORSE sign posted on a trail. I just ignore it, make sure my guy doesn't poop on the trail and jog on through. I am not about to loose a great run for the sake of a 1/2 mile section where some one complained about a horse jogging along it.
It is part of the green belts that run all over the city.
By laws say no horses using the trail, street laws give me full rights to jog down the road. I ignore both laws. Use the trails and stay off the roads.
Have been doing these trails for 23 years now.
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I like the way you think! I'd totally be doing that if I didn't live in Canada where most guns are illegal We've contemplated carrying BB guns to give them something to think about, but Shay-las mom always freaks out about the cops getting called. So rocks it is!
Wow! Hmmm, how about a Paintball gun?
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Paintball gun isn't a bad idea!

RiosDad - As long as it's not a real gun, or anything that looks like a real gun, we're fine. The cops don't do a darn thing around here, and borderline encourage retaliation. They know they can't do anything about things happening in the middle of the bush, so it's a waste of time to even call. And actually, we have LAWS concerning what speed you can pass a horse in a motorized vehicle, so they're the ones breaking it.

We actually had a woman's dogs attack our horses while we were riding alongside the highway. Flika spooked so violently I fell off and she ran onto the highway (where NOBODY helped, but she jumped back into the ditch, thank god and I caught her). Dove fell down when she spun.

We went back later to confront the woman, and you know what she told us? "Maybe you better find somewhere else to ride, because we're NOT tying up our dogs." YEAH! Um, are you mentally ill? It's ILLEGAL to have dogs running loose. Is anything done about it? Of course not.

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If you can pack a small paintball gun, that would totally help with the dogs that want to attack, just pop in the bum or any other place and they run off, then next time they see you, they will remember what happened. It's better than not have anything with you AND they don't make that loud of a noise, would be easy to get your horses used to the sound, its just air.

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