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post #101 of 119 Old 01-24-2010, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post

Which brings me to the moral of both stories. Breast collars can save your life. I've had it happen twice now, where a saddle has rolled on the horse, and I honestly think that if I had not had a breast collar on both of those horses, the saddle would have rolled under their belly and me with it!
I agree that they are necessary. When I worked on a dude ranch breast collars were required for every dude horse. My boss's son was actually assigned one summer to make breast collars for every saddle they had (he was a saddle maker of sorts, so this task was right up his alley). It really did take him the whole summer!

I've seen way to many saddles slip off due to lack of breast collar. One time I had a really heavy guy slide off into a cactus! That was a nightmare of a ride. We were pulling the spines out of him for hours! When you have a string of dudes 10 horses long it's difficult to keep a close eye on each one.

Though a good rider should be able to tell when the saddle is slipping in any way, shape or form, I don't ride without one. Much better to be safe than sorry!


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post #102 of 119 Old 02-05-2010, 12:28 AM
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My worst experience ever was on a trail last summer. guy friend of mine started dateing a girl who liked horses. she told me she had experience so i put her on my "guest" horse eddie, a haflinger. on the road everything was fine but as we hit the trail that wound back and forth through the creek eddie decided he was tired of her unbalanced, puling on the reins constantly.e laid down. she began screaming and as i turned i saw that she was actually pulling back on the reins pulling eddie of ballance and over on her.I yelled at her to get off him and get her feet off the stirrups. she jumped off and actually ran away from the horse! he jumped up and ran toward another friends horse. when she reached out to get his reins he did a perfect rollback and the horn of his saddle caught my friends pulled the barrel reins out of her hands and as eddie ran it pulled sugar(my friends horse) right along with him. which spooked eddie and made him run full throttle. my friend was helpless to do anything but hang on. I was the trail leader and host and i was in complete awww. when i realized that eddie was pulling sugar and my helpless friend toward the exit trail which lead to the road i knew i had to catch up before it became a really huge wreck. My poor old mare had been a brood mare and wasnt prepared in her training for what happened next but i figured i really didnt have no choice.I began to drum her sides with my legs and asking for all the speed i could get. mind you i fell off 10 or so years ago galloping and asking this horse to run was the last thing i wanted to do since i have a fear of going faster than a running walk.(Tennessee walking horse). she obliged and poored forward like a frieght train. just as i was nearly neck to neck my friend started standing on one side of her mare and actually jumped off backwards going full gallop! believe it or not the woman actually landed on her feet! My mare veered hard right and eddie kept on running hard out with sugar. as they reached a little clearing i once again came up behind them and i guess sugar decided she had enough of eddies bull and sat back on her haunches sliding stop styl. the reins broke and we were able to walk right up to her and praise her for being such a good horse and standing for us.I swear i think sugar new she had to stop eddie. anyway once sugar stopped, eddie decided it wasnt so fun to run without a hostage and he stopped to graze. my friend repaired the bridle with a spare piece of leather and we tried to round eddie up for well over an hour. our horses were exhausted and so i decided we should all ride back to the barn and he would follow us. which he did, but the whole time he came charging up from behind and trying to spook the other horses.they had all had enough of his shannanigans though and wouldnt have non of him.the self proclaimed "experienced" girl had to ride the rumble seat all the way back. I learned a valuable lesson that day, well several actually but the more important ones are that 1. if someone new riding with you says they are experienced DONT take their word for it! 2. always carry repair parts with you in case of accidents and a medical kit 3.make every single person around your horses sign liability waivers. we avoided several real dangerouse events that day by the grace of God.
And you know what, I was kind enough to let that girl use my horse and my time but she never offered to pay for the bridle she let be destroyed or even offer to clean the saddle that was scuffed ripped and muddy. I guess i should just be happy that people and horses all came out unscathed.
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post #103 of 119 Old 02-08-2010, 01:49 AM
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Me and my friend went on a Halloween trail ride. She was on her mare and I was on Blaze who was usually a really good guy. Anyways we were trail riding around this huge lake but the water was down in like a crater so we were riding on the rim (It was a trail but on one side its just a cliff straight down to the water and on the other it was a hill, so you were basically higher than normal land) Anyways, the group got to the highest part and thats when my friend's horse started acting up. She started doing little rears and backing up and each time she backed up she got closer and closer to the cliff. She was inches away from the cliff when her horse did a rear and then ran forwards and stopped. It was so scary watching that and realizing that a couple of more inches and they would have fallen! After that Blaze started acting up big time he was throwing his head, yanking on the reins, and trying to take off. I got so frustrated I started crying!! It was not a good trail ride and definitly my worse.
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post #104 of 119 Old 02-08-2010, 01:52 AM
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My worst trail experience was just a spook, it wasn't TOO bad but at the time it was this huge deal because I was a REALLY bad rider LOL. The first horse I ever rode was my favorite although she always took advantage of me, she spooked and ran down a hill and I rode nicely along on her neck. I didn't fall off surprisingly. I don't have too many exciting trail experiences LOL, I pretty much only trail ride my own mares and they are both very good on the trails...Starlite ran away with me one day though, I wasn't such a horrible rider then which made it not be too bad.

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post #105 of 119 Old 02-08-2010, 02:51 AM
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howdy i hate to say my worst trail ride... okay so i was like for 4 and i wanted to go on a horsie ride on vacation and we went. so we went up this huge beautiful mountain and we posed for a picture and my horse started backing up and the trail guy kept saying pull back the reins and i as little so i didnt know that that also meant back up but at like the tip of a clip the trail guide hopped off and helped me... ugh i hate that story

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post #106 of 119 Old 02-13-2010, 01:08 AM
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Worst trail ride for me was being stalked by a bear. I think he was just curious but man was it scary. Another time we thought we had a cougar around us as well. I'd rather be on my horse in the woods rather then my feet. My horse lets me know when something is approaching.
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post #107 of 119 Old 02-13-2010, 01:14 AM
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We have a very open 'trail' around here. Paved with a bit of gravel/grass/dirt on the side for the horses. Lots of bikers, joggers, walkers, roller bladers.

There are a lot of idiot bikers. They think it's funny to reach out and touch your horse as they go by. One did that with Solon once and goosed him. He bolted. Was scared half to Hades. Got him calmed down then turned and stood in the middle of the paved trail just staring at the biker.

Solon had his head raised, ears forward, nostrils flared, gave out a huge snort. He looked way taller than his 18 hands. Jet black horse looking at a puny biker, I was hoping he was pooping his pants. He turned away pretty quickly.

It wasn't the first time that's happened. One of these times, Solon is going to get tired of it and plant a size 8 hoof right upside the bike and destroy it. Hopefully he misses a leg.

I do not like the bikers on our trail. No sense at all.
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post #108 of 119 Old 02-13-2010, 10:23 PM
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Most of the mountain bikers around here are really pretty good. They give notice, they pul off and stand while we pass. I really can't complain about most of them.

But there were two last summer. It was almost dark, We were almost back to the truck. The trail comes down off a big mountain, across a flat and up a pretty good grade. We were on the flat and these two bikers were comeing down the hill really fast. They started hollering for us to get out of their way, because they wanted to keep up their speed so they didn't have to work so hard on the uphill side when they hit it. I heard them and got my daughter and myself off to the side of the trail. They blew by and the got all excited, So we let them run. It was a good place to let them blow off the steam. Pretty quick we caught the bikers. They had slowed way down and were working hard to climb the grade. Our horses came thundering past them in the near dark. There are lot of moose in the area and the bikers thought the two horses were moose coming after them. We gave them a good scare. Told them it was payback for spooking the horses.
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post #109 of 119 Old 04-19-2010, 11:36 AM
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Hmmm... I had a Buckskin mare named Sassy (in my profile pic)... and Sassy fit her all too well. Great horse as far as riding, reining, etc. But she had no skills with other horses. She was the Queen at our barn and ran all the other horses away from their hay, feed, etc... I had to fight her all the way on our 6 1/2 hour trail ride and it was no fun. I ended up having to sell her to someone with a little more patience. For me, trails are supposed to be fun not stressful when you're having to fight with your horse because her previous owner never socialized her. Poor thing.

And yesterday on our trail ride a couple decided to smoke their cigarettes the whole time. Very inconsiderate in my opinion. I come to trail rides to have a good time and relax... not to smell your cigarette smoke.

Other than this we haven't had any disasters... fingers crossed!

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post #110 of 119 Old 04-23-2010, 08:23 AM
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my worse one I wasn't even riding. I had rode my atv out the paster to feed the horse when a friend come riding up with his 4 year old. We were standing there talking when his horse got into the electric fence. The horse went crazy and finally broke away with the kid still on his back. It was the scaryest thing I ever saw. The kid road it out for aways then fell to one side, his boot got caught in the saddle. He was just hanging under a horse running at full speed. Finally the kid fell off and hit the ground. When we got to him I expected the worse. The kid was awake and crying so that was a good sign. I rode them out on my atv and put the horse up while they went to the ER. Other than being completely black and blue the kid was OK.
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