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post #11 of 38 Old 07-10-2013, 12:16 PM
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Painted you guys are EXTREME! I can't say that I'd enjoy that with all the bluffs... Horses + dropoffs scare the dickens outa me!

A while back I was helping my dear friend put miles on her green trail horses. We did a 6+ mile loop three times that day riding 6 different horses. Each time we took out one green horse and one trail master to boost their confidence.
Half way through the loop there was a long stretch along a 250+ foot sheer cliff and to make it worse you could see for miles from it. We had to ride within 10 feet of it and I just couldn't do it! I always got off and lead the horse. The wind was gusting 45 mph, the trees around us were creaking, the horses were green, and the trail sloped towards the cliff and it was muddy and slick... NO WAY! I ain't that brave! My friend called me a wimp and rode, I shrugged it off and said it was good for the green ones for me to mount and dismount during a trail... Yeah...

Growing up I was fearless. My trail rides were at least 20 miles and included scaling sheer cliffs that I had a hard time walking up, jumping off ledges into creeks, jumping any log I could find... Usually bareback, barefoot, with nothin but a halter and lead rope. Alone.

Now we ride in some pretty rough terrain... Mostly up and down, super rocky, lots of ATV's and bikes, no cell service so we have to be really careful... but it ain't nothin compared to Painted's country!

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post #12 of 38 Old 07-10-2013, 12:45 PM
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They scare me as well, so they seem extreme to me haha
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post #13 of 38 Old 07-10-2013, 12:58 PM
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Painted Horse wins...

And I say:

AIN'T.NO.WAY.... not on one of MY horses anyway!
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post #14 of 38 Old 07-10-2013, 04:51 PM
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Ahh, Come on guys, those are just horse rides. It's like a Dog's bark. Looks Worse than it is. If most of you were there, I'm sure you would ride the same trails and take photos to prove you were there.
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post #15 of 38 Old 07-10-2013, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by horseluver250 View Post
I think my mare would break her leg on some of those trails in the pictures Painted Horse! My mule... no problem for her, but I sure wouldn't want to be in the saddle!
We had 6 mule riders with us on that ride and they told us they would not go back out that way, they rode the extra 6 miles to climb out the big sand slide instead of back up over the rocky ledges. Point being, it's more the riders attitude it is the equines genetics.

Climbing out the big sand slide

Wes was even ponying his 8 year old son along a mustang
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post #16 of 38 Old 07-11-2013, 08:52 AM
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Not so much genetics, just that my horse is a bit arthritic and isn't nearly as surefooted as my mule (but so much better behaved lol!). Love seeing your pics, I'd love to get out to ride there some day!
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post #17 of 38 Old 07-11-2013, 09:15 AM
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I am more of a backwoods New England trail type rider :)..then again that adds that many more trees for the horse to try and brush you off on. I like the open area idea but you can keep the cliffs...I am not deathly afraid of heights but it is VERY close :).

My most extreme part of the trail I used to ride was jumping over a huge tree trunk that was essentially a completely solid 3 foot fence about 4 feet wide that was like a drop style fence you would see in cross country. We were pretty upset actually when the park commission cut it up a few years later in order to utilize "our" bridle paths also as bike (regular bike, not motorcycles) trails.
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post #18 of 38 Old 07-11-2013, 10:42 PM
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I try to keep up with my brave trail friend, because she HATES it when I chicken out, but sometimes I just have to bite my tongue and pray a lot!

One time we went in to a canyon. Beautiful down there. But of course we couldn't turn around and go back the same way, so we had to climb out (lots boulders and downed timer). So we climbed out, couldn't find a out and had to climb back down again. More extreme rock and downed timber. Yeah, I didn't know if we would survive that ride.

A weakness of mine is water crossings where you have to jump a creek. I can wade my horse into mud or a lake or a marshy area or whatever, but I am scared to jump a creek. There is one ride we do where you have to go down a fairly steep incline of loose soil to get down to a creek and then cross it. And it is the type of creek the horses won't step into, they will only jump it. Gosh, that wrecks my nerves every time. I won't jump that creek mounted and honestly am not that fond of doing that ride.

Then, there are areas where I might not worry with an experienced horse, but I worry about it with my 3 yr old. Especially going up and down rocky hillsides. Not my favorite thing with the 3 yr old. Sometimes he stalls and doesn't want to move. And one time he almost slid down the hill with me.

None of these are "trails" mind you. Just cross country riding.
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post #19 of 38 Old 07-12-2013, 01:13 AM
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The most extreme thing I have done on the trails was last October in Mississippi. I am actually kind of scared of being up high in any place I may fall! I am a sissy.

We had to go to the edge of a drop off due to a large tree. It was pretty steep - steep enough I wouldn't walk down it - you would be sliding on your butt. The next day we came from the other direction and I decided to go up the hill around the tree. what world was I living in that day? It was just as steep going up as down. Biscuit was heaving by the time we got up the hill and OMG then I had to go back down the other side that was just as steep...I told Biscuit - DON'T fall Bisc!!! Going down I was literally standing straight up in the stirrups, cantle digging into my back and my head bouncing off of Biscuit's butt.

Did I have my Contour camera on my own little Cougar Rock? Certainly not! Never doing that again EVER.

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post #20 of 38 Old 07-13-2013, 10:13 PM
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Subbing... and if I get a chance I'll take some pics of where I ride. The terrain is not steep mostly, but very uneven footing and sometimes very thick growth with obstacles to avoid almost every time I go out - that means making a new trail unless I have my chain saw with and I still haven't made my scabbard for that. :(
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