Oops, my mistake Palomine! *waiver. You learn something every day ;)
Originally Posted by canterburyhorsetrailrider View Post
Smilies.. thank you for enlightening me as to your horse riding practices..
All I can say, is dont come to NZ for a horse ride.... we dont have guides and quiet little trail rides.. we dont have rules and regulations Like I said..
Take a look on my website to see where we ride. and often we just plan, check the weather and go...
I see a lot of folks writing in here , thinking their horse is going to break a leg, or tear a ligamant etc...
I have been around horses all my life, in remote mountain area, often on rocky passes to swampy, and all in between.
Never once have I seen or heard any horses breaking a leg etc.. they have there own sense of survival and look after themselves generally and will tell you if they dont think a situation is safe.. We ride over 6000 ft passes fully loaded at times often everyday mountain riding ..... crossing deep rivers.....for a week at a time etc... horses are smart....
What I have written, is not in any way to discredit yourself or anyone else... this post is ONLY........ what I have experienced riding horses here in NZ..
Really? You don't have guides and regulated trail rides? Funny because when I googled 'New Zealand Trail Rides' I got atleast 50 listings for horse 'tours' for all ages and levels of riders. http://www.riding-vacations.info/daten/horsetrekking-new-zealand-161.html http://www.horseride-nz.co.nz/
Canturbury, I find that you are judging a country that you yourself have never been to (or perhaps you have? Surely not the entire
country though.) very harshly. Yes, we do have rules for trail rides that you pay to 'rent' horses for, but it is only for the safety of the horse, rider, and company. If you have your own horse, you're welcome to go do pretty much whatever you wantn wherever you want as long as you ask before going on private property. If you're riding a friend's horse, theres still the chance of being sued, but if you're with them, plenty of people do it.
As for us being cautious about our animals...can you blame us? Or are you honestly going to try to use that against us? If you have ridded for as many years as you've said, you of all people should know how accident prone horses are. In fact we have atleast three threads going right now with extremely injured horses in them, and all of those we are done just Sliced heel bulbs, horses that were almost gutted by fence latches, and our personal yearling colt who stabbed his eye and ended up having to have it amputated! And if horses are that accident prone by themselves, if you add an inexperienced rider who can't cope with the horse possibly tripping or being spooked/stung by something, or worse- you get a semi experienced rider who decided to run the horse into the ground, exhaust it, or ask it to do dangerous things- how is that not a recipe for disaster? It doesnt necessarily have to be something huge for it to be an injury... stone bruises, bee stings, sprained ankles, cuts, and things such as that may become worse if the rider is alone and does not lknow how to properly care for it.
Yes, horses are smart. But people aren't always, unfortunately. If the person does not know how to listen to a horse, they will ignore warning signs. Its just how it is.
As for your intentions...I'll leave that to you. I assure you though that we are no less trail riders than you are, and our country (and stables) is not any worse for trying to protect themselves and us!