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        03-04-2014, 01:02 PM
      #31
    Foal
    I have no choice but to ride alone. My husband has no interest in horses at all. Luckily it's at home (we live on a farm. In South Africa nothing is called a ranch, it's all farms). The one time my previous horse send me flying because he spooked, my husband knew something was wrong when the horse came galloping home by himself. I laid twisted with torn ligaments in my back and a cracked bone in my lower back...

    I always tell the hubby what trail I'll be riding and after how long he should start being concerned if I'm not back yet. And of course I always carry my cell with me.

    To me, riding alone is therapy. Horses are therapy!
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        03-05-2014, 10:05 AM
      #32
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by AnnaHalford    
    I am currently riding alone through a strange country with four horses. No-one really knows where I am and certainly the only people looking out for me are more than 5000 miles away so not much help in an emergency.

    Good sense goes a long way. Know your horse, know your capabilities, take basic precautions like the ones mentioned on this thread, but donīt let worries over statistically-unlikely events stop you.

    Get out and enjoy the ride!
    Alone again? Did you make Gilles go back to work? Glad to see you're still making headway, Anna.

    For those who don't know, Anna is crossing South America by horse. http://www.thegreathorsetrip.com//gallery
         
        03-05-2014, 10:32 AM
      #33
    Foal
    Painted Horse, Great pictures! The first one could be out of a movie.
    An interesting thread.
         
        03-05-2014, 12:28 PM
      #34
    Green Broke
    If I didn't trail ride alone, I'd never go riding.

    99% of my riding is alone. But I always carry my cell phone with me (on me; not on the horse) and my hubby always knows when I am riding, so if I wouldn't come home he would know something was up.

    I think there is nothing wrong with trail riding alone, and think it is good for a horse to be able to go it alone.
         
        03-05-2014, 02:54 PM
      #35
    Yearling
    Whew! I've officially decided that I'm trail riding in two weeks...alone if no one wants to come. I'll stick to the local trails. Rusty is just trusty Rusty lol, so I'll just let my mom know and go. Plus, I need to add some of my local trails to my blog.
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        03-05-2014, 10:27 PM
      #36
    Yearling
    I had friend who rode alone ALOT. His horse slipped in some mud and he broke his pelvis as he hit the saddle horn. He came off his horse and laid on the ground for 14 hours till he was found and rescued. So I can't say I don't think about what could happen. And I'm not very good at telling my wife were I'm headed out to. As she is often out of town with her work, So even if I did tell her where I was going, she wouldn't notice I didn't come home till she came home.

    But sometimes it is worth the risk to be out and enjoying nature



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        03-05-2014, 11:57 PM
      #37
    Yearling
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    For those who don't know, Anna is crossing South America by horse. Great Horse Trip || Le Grand Voyage a Cheval
    That is incredible thank you so much for sharing!

    I ride alone 90% of the time. I don't mind it too much the only thing I don't do alone is cross water I am unfamiliar with and I keep my jumping to a minimum (when I behave.) I tell my mom and my husband when I am going and I shoot them a text when I get back. And like the rest of you I keep my cell on me. I think that with the "find my iphone" app they can locate you if you had you cell with you an on.

    I like to ride with people who like to ride but not everyone likes the kind of riding I do.

    A little danger makes it fun!
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        03-06-2014, 12:35 AM
      #38
    Weanling
    Thanks for the link Tony! I now have a productive way to pass the time as my overnight shift drags on and on and on.
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        03-06-2014, 05:48 AM
      #39
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AnnaHalford    
    I am currently riding alone through a strange country with four horses. No-one really knows where I am and certainly the only people looking out for me are more than 5000 miles away so not much help in an emergency.

    Good sense goes a long way. Know your horse, know your capabilities, take basic precautions like the ones mentioned on this thread, but donīt let worries over statistically-unlikely events stop you.

    Get out and enjoy the ride!
    Anna, Thanks to thenrie I just caught up on your blog! If your trip takes you through the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area, when you get to the U.S., let me know. I'll feed you, offer you a hot shower, and a bed.
         
        03-11-2014, 12:51 PM
      #40
    Yearling
    I started riding alone on Australian bush trails at age 14. This is before mobile phones (and just after microwave ovens ...soon I can be a historical relic). My father rode with me before that but then my parents decided I was good to go alone, and I rode out a lot and got hours away from home. My parents knew the general direction / riding plan and the time I expected to be back. If necessary they would follow hoofprints in the sand, but that never eventuated because I never actually fell off on a trail riding alone, still haven't, although you get close sometimes when a kangaroo jumps out of thick bush unexpectedly. (I seemed to reserve falling off for rides on our own property. Usually the horse was surprised by the loss of rider and stopped long enough for me to dive for the reins and get back on, but I did walk back to the homestead a few times.) Most of my rides were and are at a good clip. I found horses actually startle less when you keep them trotting or cantering along. In summer I sometimes did trails bareback.

    These days I ride trails accompanied by my dog Jess, who is a Kelpie and runs like a rocket for long distances (Kelpies working sheep often do 30-60km of running in a day's work). The dog notices any wildlife well before us and the act of her noticing stops the horse from startling compared to riding without the dog - also the dog is excited by wildlife rather than scared and so the horse seems to pick up on that and use it as a "don't worry" cue. The dog is a speed freak and if we fall back to a walk she often tries to egg the horse on to a faster pace by gambolling around his front end and yapping excitedly. The dog and horse enjoy racing each other at least once in a ride.

    I ride in a Spanish Snaffle, which is actually a mild curb bit with a port mouth, because it makes a spooking episode so much simpler to manage than a snaffle. You can encourage the horse to tuck his face down instead of poking it up and this means you can nip any idea of running off in the bud quite easily and gently. This really reduces injury risks to rider and horse.

    Also I carry a multi-tool on the saddle in case my horse gets tangled in stray wire. It hasn't happened but it's good to have a plan in case.

    When I ride alone I don't cross roads with regular traffic so if my horse does ever go home without me I don't have to worry about it getting hit by a vehicle.
         

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