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post #1 of 34 Old 05-15-2012, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Where do you draw the line on who you ride with?

Another woman and I were talking about our "riding experiences" with other people, and she was telling me about last ride she went on being horrible because of a rider galloping way ahead, and galloping back over and over, in spite of the fact they had a new rider and green horse with them.

I have always subscribed to "you ride to abilities of worst rider", in that if they or horse are green? You modify the ride to make sure they gain confidence, not lose it altogether.

I won't ride with drunks, morons, or people that don't make kids behave in sensible manner....which of course has narrowed down list considerably.

But just amazed at the horror stories I hear, one woman reported having her horse's bridle pulled off its head by a drunken rider who galloped past her on trail.

Another kept having her horse's rump laid on by head of another horse, whose rider could not keep it from doing that.

So what is "NOPE, NO MORE" for you others who trail ride?

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post #2 of 34 Old 05-15-2012, 11:15 PM
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I ride to enjoy - so my line is where that enjoyment is lessened by the person(s) I am with.
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post #3 of 34 Old 05-15-2012, 11:37 PM
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Argh my bestie galloped off on me whilst we were on a hired trail ride (before I had Sky.. though he'd never gallop if another horse did) but omg I nearly died. No 2 point either.. it was just lean and go and that was actually a weekend before I began to ride Sky LOL! It's like "You can stay on a galloping horse.. you can ride this horse" xD

But seriously, now that giggle time is over, safety first. If there are people jeopardizing your safety or that of your horse's.. then you should NOT be there. Or if someone just complains the whole time (Seriously people who do that.. it's horse riding!! It's awesome) and make it super unfun.. yeah they will kill your riding mojo.

Also if there are people who blatantly disrespect your space or criticize you.. don't ride with them.

Basically jerks from all 4 corners of the world (an expression.)
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post #4 of 34 Old 05-15-2012, 11:52 PM
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Riding is my relaxation and entertainment. If someone makes my ride not relaxing or entertaining then I don't go with them again. Exception to that is training rides for green people or horses.
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post #5 of 34 Old 05-16-2012, 01:55 AM
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with the exception of a planned green rider and or horse trip. I dont ride "with" anyone. We can go to the trailhead together, meet up at lunch, head home. But I figured out, please dont wait on me, and ":hey I am gonna kick it in gear see you at the trailer" works very well for me. If we happen to be going the same pace thats great. If you wanna go faster take off , catch ya later. Same if I wanna go faster. I just dont see the need to be attached at the hip.
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post #6 of 34 Old 05-16-2012, 07:50 AM
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I am old school and was raised where trail riding was just that, riding on a trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountain's growing up and when my dad and I were together or took others out, we were courteous of others and those who's skill was not as good as ours. A trail ride is suppose to be enjoyable, if one person in a group wanted to lope or move out, then we would ask EVERYONE if that was okay or to alert them to check up their horse, they would walk by then at the head of the trail let their horse go.

If we had an older horse or a green rider or green horse with us, again, we keep the pace at a walk or what they were comfortable with. We at that time, had no cell phone to take with us if things should go wrong or we had a hurt horse to call for help, we relied on each other and the knowledge that was in our collective group. We also stayed at the pace of the slowest horse and I NEVER leave anyone behind.

Someone ever jerked my bridle off or tried to, I have long reins for a reason, your going to get them laid over whatever body part happens to come into striking distance. If I can't get you when you haul freight by me and think it is funny, you won't be laughing when I get back to camp. Horses are powerful animals and even the most well trained one may have an off day or spook or bolt and people get hurt or have a bad day too. I have gone out on my own when in a group of riders when I felt what they were doing or where they were going may be dangerous and won't take risks with my horse. I was on one trail ride where one guy, on a mule, thought it was funny to get ahead of the group them "jump out" at us screaming! My poor mare was on edge for a lot of the ride and we finally said enough and turned back around. Took me longer to find my way back to camp, as I had never been on that trail before, but we did it. I don't suffer fools well.

If it isn't fun, then don't do it. Can you get those riders who are looking for a more relaxing, safe ride together and you all go out on your own? Is that a possibility?
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post #7 of 34 Old 05-16-2012, 08:59 AM
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I had one of those people who tried to pull the bridle off cuz it's funny. My horse was 16.1hh and tipped the scales at 1350 lbs. He also had no qualms about plowing into another horse or person if directed to do so. The scenario suddenly wasn't so funny as his shoulder hit the other horse and almost knocked him down. He'd have been a good police horse.
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post #8 of 34 Old 05-16-2012, 05:36 PM
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Wow...don't want to ride with any of those folks. I did have everyone take off at a gallop once on a straight away that was mowed like a lawn. I wasn't in my own saddle and I was a sissy rider - I hadn't progressed into galloping (still haven't) and I was on a former race horse that had a melt down when they hauled off and left....I tried circling, etc. and he was going back into steep embankment. Red wanted to GO - I am sure to him it just looked like a race track and he had a 98 speed index. To Red it was on like donkey kong. I got off and tried to calm him down. My hubby finally returned and he got on him and tried to calm him down. I walked him back over a mile and about 1/2 way there my boy finally calmed down.

No one meant any harm but it was pretty upsetting to me. I still ride with that same group but still wouldn't haul off at a gallop.

I don't care for the stop and go...stop...trot.stop......trrrrroooooottttt.walk. ..trot 4 strides...stop. gaaaa...that makes one crazy! We have a lady that does that and she is the sweetest thing but it will make you a little nuts. Or the ones that blow by you and say "control your horse" and yet if you trot off when they aren't interested has the nerve to be upset...we had one of those kind of riders too!!!
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post #9 of 34 Old 05-16-2012, 08:07 PM
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Booze + riding don't mix in my book, so I absolutely will not ride with anyone who has been drinking.

I try to go out with similarly intentioned riders. We all agree on the average rate of speed before leaving the barn. If I get the feeling that someone's not being on the level about their intentions, I make an excuse to not go.

While I am happy to ride with newbies to help assimilate both them and their horses, I will not go out with a beginner riders. Newbie to trails and beginner rider are two different things. If a person cannot handle the basic situations that can come up on the trails, that's just a recipe for disaster.

Luckily for me, I know the people I trail ride with and rarely have to deal with strangers, so we are all usually on the same page.
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post #10 of 34 Old 05-16-2012, 08:23 PM
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Read the babysitting thread on here. That discusses a lot with beginners. But as others have said before me, if it ain't fun, there is not a repeat ride.
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