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        07-13-2013, 10:29 PM
      #21
    Foal
    I'm a wimp I went on one of those Hueston Woods trails, and they were only two-three feet wide, and there was a part where it did a steep slant into a muddy riverbank, then sharply up the other side and I did a jockey crouch, terrified my horse would misstep. Combine that with the horse I was riding was in a tom thumb with 5" shanks that required both hands and almost all my strength to turn, and completely dead to my leg *shudder* I gave up halfway through.

    I'm a wimp though. Sneeze/cough and I feel like I'm going to pitch forward. Trip and I almost do a flying dismount. Of course, I also can sit a good buck and not notice lol.
         
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        08-03-2013, 07:34 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Our rides in the southwest region of the Ozark hills require a sure footed horse with lots of heart. We have steep ascents and descents over loose gravel and rocky terrain on edges of the cliff. We cross water beds, ride through forest, and ride in the open. I wouldn't call it extreme, but you and your horse have to be engaged on many of the trails to avoid mishap. Today's ride featured a slide down a muddy and curvy single track from 1100 to 998. We work as a team to pick our way down those trails. The climb up the next hill required him to dig each hoof in and really work his way up.

    Wicked fun.
         
        08-04-2013, 12:10 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    The twins I ride vary greatly. The local trail has just creek crossing and we end up trotting or loping the 8 miles. Now, one place we travel to (Hocking Hills) is nothing but cliffs water falls, caves and rock climbing. We went in may and I was on a mare, who to say the least is a hot horse and hand full, needless to stay we went sliding down mountains.
    Kotori - I ride at Huston Woods sometimes and know what trail you are talking about, but most of them trails I ride at a trot unless the little kids are riding.
    I will have to get pictures of Hocking Hills tomorrow.
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        08-11-2013, 04:40 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    I figured out many years ago that horses are amazing animals. They can do things most riders, regardless of their experience level, will not do. I have found that many riders will get off and walk in places the horse will not even hesitate at, and sometimes the rider's hesitation and fear makes matters worse.

    Point in question: I was once out with my wife and a couple others. We came to a switchback on a steep mountainside that was blocked by a large Ponderosa Pine that had fallen across the trail about 50 feet or so from the switchback. The horses stood patiently while the riders tried to figure out what to do. I, being at the back of the line, told the lead rider to turn and just ride down to the trail below, but he would not do it. The horses became jittery and frustrated on the narrow trail, because they wanted to keep moving. Finally, I just turned and headed down the hill to the trail, about 100 feet below, hoping to demonstrate how simple a thing it was. Sure it was steep, but no problem at all for the horse. The others decided to lead their horses down the hill..note I said LEAD. I couldn't believe how they thought it was safer to come down the hill in front of their horse than to ride it down! Then they tied their horses on the trail below, directly below the rest of the others coming down! Our pack horse caused a problem and we nearly had a huge wreck on that sidehill. It might have all been avoided had the lead rider just turned and walked his horse down the hill to the trail and the rest followed.

    Of course riding extreme trails, like Painted Horse posted, requires knowing your horse pretty well. The horse has to trust the rider, but the rider must also trust his mount. Learning to do that requires some miles on trails that are more than simple side roads.
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        08-11-2013, 05:44 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    Great story THenrie! When we are out trail riding, I always picture the scene in Man from Snowy River where the pack of brumbies jump off the edge and take the hillside at a gallop and everyone stops but the mountain boy. (Maybe I'll watch that tonight.)

    When I first started trail riding, some of the down hills freaked me out. Curvy, steep, loose footing. My friends told me to trust my horse. He had a huge sense of self-preservation and wouldn't do anything to put himself in danger. On a few hills, I pretty much did just that. I hung on. Had to in order to keep from sliding right over his ears.

    Sometimes I think that horse gets a little too cocky on those hills. (Hey Mom, let's take this one at a trot!!! Um, yea. No.)
         
        08-11-2013, 06:16 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    That hill was about as steep as the one on Man from Snowy River. Another good descent is near the beginning of Big Jake (John Wayne). I may watch both of them this evening!
         
        08-11-2013, 06:51 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
    I guess it all depends on what your definition of extreme is.
    It took us 15 hours and 53 minutes, but we finished all 100 miles.
    100 miles sounds pretty extreme for me especially in one go.
         
        08-11-2013, 07:21 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    Painted -Everytime you post picts I'm like "Wow".
    My scariest ride wasn't a particularly hard ride. We were going up a steep incline out past Dutchman. I was the second horse going up, and the ground just started giving way underneath me. I had to jump off, because I thought Willow was going to fall on her side. We were too far up to go back, and we both kept sliding backwards because we couldn't get any traction. Eventually, we made it over the top though.
         
        08-11-2013, 07:33 PM
      #29
    Started
    My guy can do a lot more than I can, and even more than I think he can. On more than one occasion (okay, maybe an almost-regular occurrence) I've just grabbed mane, given him his head and told him, "It's all you buddy" and every time he's marched us through, down, out or over whatever mess we were in. And he was sold to me as "too spooky". Maybe, but he's got steady feet and a heart of gold. Up and down absurdly steep muddy slopes, sinkholes, swimming, over logs, roots and brush at any given speed and boulders are all just in a day's work from his point of view.
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        08-12-2013, 09:13 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    I gotta admit, I've rolled a horse or two over the years. I've gotten a leg squished and bruised between the horse and the hillside when the horse has gone down on steep side hills. I've learned to ride with just my toes in the stirrups at times.

    But most of the time, It just a horse ride and we enjoy it.
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