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post #1 of 5 Old 01-18-2020, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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'Trail' fun

Well when I say I 'trail ride', while I love riding in the bush, I actually don't mind riding through town & along roads & the likes too - spose you Poms call that 'hacking'. What do you all include or excude under the banner of 'trail riding'?

Yesterday was a bush ride, that's my eldest jumping the log on her little bay. Ended in a nice open camp area with - so amazing there's any to find, why I took that shot - green grass. Next pic is Whinny enjoying that before we left. Next pic of our 'bay-bies' is after we returned from a quick ride up the road, our first off-property ride on these 2 without halters(tho for 'Justin', regardless of how we're going, I am cautious about where I ride like this) and the last at the lake was a quick trip down there this arvo in between vet visits...

Today our bush ride plans were foiled when we drove up the mountain, had just got horses saddled & booted, when my dog came & fell over, drooling!! Snake bite - the plurry hunting hound has a huge prey drive & has killed snakes & nearly been bitten before. So poor horses were shoved back in the stock crate still saddled & driven, rather faster than they're used to, down the hill to the vet. Thankfully Til must only have copped a tiny bit of venom because she actually looked reasonably well by the time we got there, & we have just returned from her second blood test(5 hrs after the first) which was also fine - so we still have to watch, in case of delayed reactions - apparently Black snake venom can sometimes show little for up to 2 days before coming on!! - but it's likely she is fine - phew! & only spent a few $100...
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-18-2020, 04:20 AM
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Holy crap! Poisonous snakes, glad your pup is okay! I ride in the bush too, actually forest but there are bushy areas, lol. Nothing poisonous here, so my Australian Cattle Dogs are in no danger.

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-18-2020, 04:30 AM
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If i leave the yard or arena, then it's going out for a hack.

I do road work through busy towns and along quiet lanes or join a network of purposefully built tracks. They snake for miles between local villages and pass through open land, woods and around lochans. They used to be dirt and grass, with small fences built off to the side but they were concreted over and the jumps removed to encourage walkers and cyclists. It's taken a lot of the fun out of them LOL.

There are old dirt tracks over the moors and through woods, although I have to ride on roads to reach them and occasionally cross a road.

It's very hard to avoid roadwork in the UK and, as I'm in a semi-rural area, I have to share the tracks with dog walkers, cyclists, families and sometimes dirt-bikers who rarely understand how to handle a horse and rider.

It's been some time since i travelled to another location for a hack. A couple of times a week we'd box the horses further north and west to isolated tracks that go through the Glens, forestry land and around the lochs. On the odd occasion, we'd head to the long wide beaches in the east.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-18-2020, 12:07 PM
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When we ride off property it's trail riding have trails 1/4 mile down the road. Just ride power line to get there. Road ride also ride in the bush or Forest as we call it.

Sometimes ride to a small town that's 5 miles from here. Have to ride ditch next to highway, and power line where ditch is to steep. So traffic safe horses are a must.

Depending on the season things can look quite different. Our horses pretty much go through anything. Sometimes we have to go through brush to get around downed trees. Horses have to be able to go through water ,lots of huge puddles this last summer.

Some of the trails are pretty brushy some not so much. Here's a few pictures of the different times of year. Fist picture is in spring time, second pic is fall time. Third picture is a summer one and last few pictures are winter time.

Horses love running through the field when it's got a foot of snow in it. I've been bucked off in the field running horse through the snow. Then ice looks at me like why are you on the ground mom?? 😂😂 Something about snow /cold brings out the silliness in a horse.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-18-2020, 01:45 PM
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Trails and timber company roads. Just a short distance down the dead-end road is private timber land. I buy a permit every year so I won't get tossed off the land for trespassing. It's sweet!
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