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post #31 of 38 Old 08-12-2013, 09:57 PM
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Woooaaaah I'm subbing this is amazing! You guys are epic
I've never done anything extreme haha Hacking out to the river and over farmland is what I do, nice and easy and fun. I'm not at all brave enough to do the things you lot are doing! :)


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post #32 of 38 Old 08-12-2013, 11:28 PM
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Extreme? PSHH! I've never done any riding difficult enough to even remotely warrant that title! I bumble around farmland and woods, with nary a cliff to shake a stick at. Plus there is the matter of having a good, surefooted horse. My mentally sound trail horses would run you straight into a tree and trip over a lady bug. My surefooted ones would dump you off at the sight of a turkey feather, and forget going it alone! I hope to get more experience on the spring chickens to the point where they ride like a horse their age should. (My two good mares are 16 and 19, the sassy ones are 6 and 8.)

My idea of extreme would be riding 15 miles of the nice crushed limestone trail that used to be an old railroad track. Although, I must say, I did ride across a wooden bridge that was a few hundred feet above the water. Now THAT was scary, but I was the only one to actually ride across. Not that I am a bridge expert, but that bridge looked like it could have used a few more support beams. And maybe could have been made out of something more solid than wood a little over an inch thick. I can't imagine myself riding on cliffs, anywhere. I don't know what my horses would think if I walked them up to a rock that was chest-high and asked them to hop on, either.

This thread has given me an idea... Perhaps I should curve off the trail and head up to the ridge for a bit more of a challenge to the poor old mare? Or even sneak in early in the morning and stir up some deer or turkey for a little bit of desensitization..
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post #33 of 38 Old 08-12-2013, 11:51 PM
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You can see the rock cairn that marks the trail stacked right by the mules hind feet. The gal is deciding if she wants to walk/lead her horse or ride.

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post #34 of 38 Old 08-12-2013, 11:53 PM
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Awesome photo!

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post #35 of 38 Old 08-13-2013, 10:23 AM
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That's gorgeous!

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post #36 of 38 Old 08-13-2013, 10:25 AM
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Ha! Jon, your post reminded me of a ride my dad took a few months back.

They had to cross a swollen stream that was narrow, but deeper than they thought. My nephew crossed with no problem, but dad's horse was hesitant. Dad got her into the stream and she started fidgeting. She started going sideways and stepped into a deeper spot. When my nephew looked back all he saw was the horse's feet in the air, sticking up out of the water.

He said to himself, "Well, there goes grandpa. I've killed him."

The horse continued his rollover and after a few seconds old grandpa's head popped up. No harm done, just wet. My old man's still a tough old coot, even at 79.

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post #37 of 38 Old 08-13-2013, 10:47 AM
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I thought I rode some semi-extreme trails..Until I moved back to my old barn and thought one of us was going to either break a leg or tumble down a hill, lol.

I moved back to where a friend and I use to ride. He moved his horses home a few miles down the road and has some new trails that he invited me out on.

Knowing that Alahna has never refused anything on a trail (except for mud, we fixed that previously), I said sure! Well, I learned just what extreme was.

His trails had 2ft drop offs (like, cross country looking), hills that sit at an 85* angle, trees to jump that could barely be gone around (lost a shoe going around one she refused to jump lol), and wooden bridges that went over creeks that had 3-4' drop offs down to the water.

Alahna made it back sore as hell but sound, and we were out for a good 5 hours. I'll definitely be using those trails to get ready for CTRs and Endurance rides, as well as getting beautiful muscling for our fun/gaming shows.

I'll also never ride down RT68 around a certain bend where she had meltdown about a tractor trailer and almost killed us both. I thought we were done for, and I'm soo glad that semi swerved around and barely missed us. She was perfectly fine with big pickups and cars and waiting on the shoulder until they passed..But that semi sent her backwards into the road right in front of it. The car following behind it was maybe 3' away from the trucks trailer and also almost took us out as well because he was following too close and didnt think to swerve with the semi. I'm pretty sure that guys mirror actually clipped my leg. Just barely, but my leg felt terrible for days. Never got a bruise, but it felt like the time I got kicked by a pony that barely grazed my calf with his hoof.

That was a terrible end to a great ride..And while taking off down the highway was actually very exhilerating (she decided a car passing would take her back to her track days and I couldn't stop her, so I just made sure we stayed in our lane until she tired out enough that I could get her stopped, and I wasn't too worried because the next intersection was almost two miles down the road), I was so worried a car would pull out onto the road without realizing I had no speed control, but thankfully I ended up getting her stopped and a man had followed me waiting for me to stop to give me my cell phone that had flew out of the holder onto the road about a mile back, lol.

That was insane, and I'll definitely be borrowing someone's tractor trailer to fix that with..No more suicide attempts, lol.
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post #38 of 38 Old 08-13-2013, 09:42 PM
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Where we rode this weekend. The most extreme thing about it was probably the heat.
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