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        02-28-2014, 06:05 PM
      #11
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    I prefer to ride alone, too. It IS safer to not be in the woods by yourself, but I cannot always coordinate rides with others. As I get older, I appreciate walking more, so that leaves out serious endurance conditioners, but I AM trying to condition for endurance, so I still trot and canter, which leaves out the true trail riders.

    I just got back from one of those alone rides...did NOT see another soul in 3.5 hours.

    Nancy
         
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        02-28-2014, 06:16 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TessaMay    
    Know when I need to get off and lead my horse because she's getting out of my control
    This is a good point. If I'm at all unsure about how my horse might react to a new trail I leave his rope halter on under his bridle and bring a lead rope with me. It gives me the option to get off and comfortably lead him should the need arise.
         
        02-28-2014, 08:01 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I ride alone all the time and quite enjoy it. I do "usually" avoid trickier trails when alone but that's the only nod given to safety outside of what I normally practice on rides.
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        02-28-2014, 08:12 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I enjoy both. I ride by myself for 3ish hours almost daily (both ring and trail work), and prefer being by myself or with my two closest friends. Group rides are okay, but I cannot handle them often. I usually have a cell phone, but where I ride is pretty much a dead zone for reception. Most of the time, someone knows I'm at the barn, and my boss sees my car when she gets home, so she would look for me if I was missing for too long. As far as self defense, I have carried a gun (.38 revolver) but don't carry regularly.
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        02-28-2014, 09:19 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I enjoy sharing the outdoor experience with friends. But I won't stay home just because I can't find a friend to go.

    I often bump into ranchers checking on their cows. They are miles from their trucks riding by themselves. Most do it every day. It's a way of life. If they do, I guess I can survive a few weekends by myself.
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        02-28-2014, 09:52 PM
      #16
    Foal
    If I didn't ride alone I might as well sell out. I am often very lonely, but lonely on a sweet horse in the sun is better than whimpering around the house--either way I'm still alone. Bring my cell, and am quick to jump off anytime I might see something funny. I carry a long line, and my guy will drive or lead from a long distance. Probably not near as safe as being with someone but its simply not possible. Sadly.
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        02-28-2014, 09:57 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by EquineObsessed    
    I enjoy both. I ride by myself for 3ish hours almost daily (both ring and trail work), and prefer being by myself or with my two closest friends. Group rides are okay, but I cannot handle them often. I usually have a cell phone, but where I ride is pretty much a dead zone for reception. Most of the time, someone knows I'm at the barn, and my boss sees my car when she gets home, so she would look for me if I was missing for too long. As far as self defense, I have carried a gun (.38 revolver) but don't carry regularly.
    Just wanted to comment on how very fortunate you are to be able to ride that much. I truly envy you !
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        02-28-2014, 10:12 PM
      #18
    Showing
    I ride alone all the time. It's actually a rare thing for me to ride with others...and I usually don't enjoy it because sometimes I want to lope/trot for a while and they don't. To me, plodding along on a nice easy trail isn't enjoyable. Well, I mean, it is, but not so much as creating a challenge by riding difficult terrain and working on all your gaits LOL.

    Like others, I generally take my cell with me (though we don't usually have service in my area) and usually let someone know which direction I'm headed.
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        02-28-2014, 11:29 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I enjoy riding with one other person for the social time, but for the actual riding nothing beats being alone.
    1) You don't have to worry about the other person not being able to handle their horse
    2) Riding alone is so much better for the horse I think. It helps build their confidence and their acceptance of unnatural situations. Nothing is more of a turn off to me than a horse that loses its mind when its taken away from the group. What use is a horse like that?
    3) You don't have to babysit the other rider. A lot of times I choose not to ride with people just because they don't want and/or don't have the confidence to do anything besides amble down a well trod path. I enjoy pushing myself and my horse, at different speeds and different places. I don't like babysitting unconfident riders.
    4) I also really don't enjoy seeing disaster unfold and that's what a lot of people seem to be lmao

    I trail rode alone as a kid and all through high school simply because I had no one to ride with. When I started hanging out with my brother in law and riding with him in the last year I had a lot of fun and found a social aspect I'd never had before.

    If I'm trailering out to go on an all day ride I prefer to take a friend and a case of beer but riding alone out from the farm doesn't bother me a bit.
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        02-28-2014, 11:48 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I ride alone a lot. I enjoy being alone out and about. It's tough to get out and ride with my wife anymore because one of us has to stay Nd watch the girls. When I get back, we tag and she's it and she heads out. However most of our ridding is around the house on neighboring farm.
         

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