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post #11 of 44 Old 04-18-2019, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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We were a good 40 miles out into the backcountry in Montana, near the Bob Marshall. We pulled off a little-used trail (by that I mean the only regular use this trail would have received would have been by deer) into a clearing by a creek for lunch. It was as pretty of a little spot as you could find, but sitting off to one side under a tree was an upholstered recliner chair with a pair of unlaced hiker/hunting boots next to it. It had been there for quite some time -- covered with leaves and some mold where the sun didn't reach. We did search the surrounding area for a tent or other sign the person had met a bad end and didn't find anything. No rope, no tent, no backpack, no tarp, nothing. No sign of humans at all except for the chair and the boots. We reported it to authorities when we got back, but there wasn't anyone listed as missing at the time, and I never heard if they found out what had happened.

Why would someone drag a big, heavy, upholstered recliner that far into the backcountry in the first place? This wasn't anywhere near a trailhead, forest road, or simple access point. The only way to get it back there would have been to pack it on a mule up a steep, twisty, windy game trail that was very rarely used. The boots were worn and unlaced, like someone had taken them off then went to do something and never came back. We theorized that maybe someone had used the spot for deer hunting, but the chair wasn't facing the game trail or an area of the creek where the deer would come to drink, and there are far better ways to wait for deer than with a soggy, upholstered recliner... the area we were in was generally inaccessible by hunting season anyway, due to snow. Just.... odd and creepy.
Now that is creepy. I've found some strange things walking up rivers, but the chairs and such along rivers belong to the homeless.
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post #12 of 44 Old 04-18-2019, 06:57 PM
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If you want to read some really strange things people have found in the woods there is a thread on a hunting board that has some of the weirdest things ever found/seen in the woods. I don't think you have to have a login to read that thread. Seriously one guy found a dead midget, not joking, and it goes varying degrees of weird and strange from there: https://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=148441
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post #13 of 44 Old 04-19-2019, 10:05 AM
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We ride at a lot of stateparks in our area. Most have designated equestrian trails some don't. Within the last 3 years we have seen men peeing on the trail, not a big deal except this man was facing away from his group and facing my husband daughter and I and in full view of my then 15yr old daughter. He showed no shame but I was not real happy!

We saw a woman peeing at the edge of the trail with her husband holding her horse blocking the trail - he told us to just "ride around" but to the back of his horses because he wife was "taking a long time to piss"

We came upon some hikers having sex on the equestrian trail - that was well - awkward to say the least. Again my daughter was pretty young as were these kids. The boy jumped up and left the girl there on the blanket trying to cover up. We turned our horses around - no words were spoken.

We (just last summer) saw a group bring in their very drunk friend that they had tied to his horse because he kept falling off - he was quite banged up from falling off and had rope burns from being tied by the hands to the saddle horn. his poor horse must have been a saint.

We see the normal wildlife for our area - deer, turkey, mink. No bears or cougar in my area. We have seen several hawk flying over head holding snakes - we just duck and hope they have a tight grip.
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post #14 of 44 Old 04-19-2019, 10:26 AM
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As a young teenager, I lived in Maryland, where they mine sand and gravel in gravel pits. They make roads around these gravel mining areas which are perfect for riding--miles and miles of sandy gravel roads that don't go anywhere.

I knew the area well because it was fun to ride there. I never saw another person or vehicle out in the gravel pits.

One day I was riding in the pits and was surprised to see a man and a woman driving past me. I knew that road went nowhere. I figured they were out exploring, looking at wildlife, birdwatching. Didn't think much of it. An hour later, the car came back . . . with just the man in it. Woman was gone. No houses anywhere near there. Lots of water and quicksand and an easy place to dispose of a body because no one ever went back there. I have always wondered.
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post #15 of 44 Old 04-19-2019, 10:56 AM
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I'd say it was finding a homeless camp back in the woods, which creeped me out while I was riding alone. It didn't seem like anyone was there at the time I rode past it, but it was definitely a place where people were actively living. I don't know that anyone would have bothered me even if they were there, but I chose to avoid that trail after that so I wouldn't find out!
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post #16 of 44 Old 04-19-2019, 11:01 AM
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Here's an recount of an interesting ride last year, from my journal.


Evening Ride With Attack Emu And Playful Donkeys

You'd think it would be possible to go for an uneventful little evening ride, wouldn't you? I thought so too. It was windy this evening, and I'm still a little wary of windy evenings because my brain now associates these with breaking bones. Horse brains are similarly wired. Sunsmart still gets nervous at the spot where his monkey fell off, the gunshot sounds of breaking bones were heard, and then the monkey started sounding like an ambulance siren and crawling around on all fours, and the other monkey came to catch him, who has no business doing such a thing, what's the world coming to? etc etc

Alas though, it's springtime in Australia, and my horse needs serious amounts of exercise during spring flush, or a grazing muzzle, or perhaps both, not to blow up like a balloon. I'm a little freaked about the possibility he's starting to develop PPID, because he looked like a Tibetan Yak this winter and then shed out in the strangest way, with tufts remaining here and there and Clydesdale-like feathers on his feet from his carpal joints and hocks down - all unprecedented for him, and the vet is finally coming to test him next Thursday, after being up to his ears in horse stud work. Anyway, keeping him consistently exercised is really important, especially after the eight-week spell he had while my bones were healing.

So that's why I was out there again this evening. Once we got past the spooky spot with the Ghost of the Accident Past, we warmed up on the sand track - walking, trotting, some canter transitions - and had just gotten into working mode when we turned east on the south boundary and saw something very like this about 50m away and on the neighbour's side of the boundary fence:



An emu with six or seven young, stripey chicks! It's the male emu who incubates the eggs and brings up the chicks, as the effort of laying 6-12 enormous eggs in the relatively nutrient-poor Australian bush means Mrs Emu needs a long holiday to feed and recuperate and generally nurse herself back to good health afterwards. It's a nice division of responsibility that was a huge evolutionary advantage for this species. (Did I ever mention Australian flora and fauna are fascinating?)

Emus with chicks are notoriously aggressive, and it didn't help that the dog ran up to it on the other side of the fence growling and trying to assert its usual sheepdog dominance. This really infuriated Mr Emu, and he ran at the fence with his neck feathers fully ruffled making drumming sounds and looking and sounding highly dangerous. At this point, Sunsmart was getting a bit freaked out and wanted to turn for home. I turned him back again. The dog had backed off, but the chicks for some reason had run into our property and the adult emu, unable to cross easily, was getting frantic.

This video I found shows some of an emu's attacking behaviour, but this one is quite mild-mannered as he hasn't any chicks at foot:


The emu we met today was much faster and angrier and really trying to make a point.

At this stage I got off and led my horse, because I prefer a controlled dismount to an uncontrolled one, and because it makes the horse calmer if his erstwhile babysitter is between him and Any Scary Monster. The chicks crossed back to Mr Emu's side of the fence, but was he done? No, he wasn't - he was still throwing himself at the fence, about two metres away from us - and they can jump fences when they really want to. At that point I got miffed, put on my schoolteacher voice and said, "Go follow your chicks, you silly emu, we're passing here whether you like it or not!" And Sunsmart very gamely followed me along, which is very commendable when you consider he's never seen an emu in full attack mode before. I think he expects other animals to do my bidding. That voice works on Julian, so why not on an enraged emu?

Anyway, once we got around the corner onto the swamp track, all the drama was over, and I got back on the horse, praising him lushly for putting up with a real Scary Monster. We walked and trotted back towards home. Instead of doing a second loop as originally intended, I decided to just run him up the sand track and back to finish the ride - I'd had enough of emus for the day. Just as we turned into the track, who should be veering up the forest track from there but our three donkeys going walkabout?

So I said to Sunsmart, "Look, the donkeys, heeee-haw!" in case he was daydreaming and hadn't noticed them behind the bushes. Don Quixote was already halfway up the hill when he saw us, and in a playful mood. He came back down down in full rocking-horse canter, bucking and throwing his hind feet in the air. "Come on then!" said I, and put Sunsmart in a trot. And ridiculously, I had three donkeys following me single-file down the track, led by a merrily jumping Don Quixote full of mischief. Sunsmart decided it was a race and put on his flying trot. Soon he'd left them behind, so I returned him to a walk and waited for them to catch up. Then we had another hundred metres or so of donkeys tailing directly behind Sunsmart, before we put on some speed until we got to the boundary.

Then came the interesting exercise of riding the horse back along the twisty-turny track, with incoming running donkeys that could be around any corner. Therefore, I tempered Sunsmart's evident wish to race back like this:



I really didn't want a collision, or even a sudden sliding stop. So we trotted at a very moderate pace until we met up with the donkeys again, said hello to them for a minute, and then headed back home.

Never a dull moment, it seems...


Don Quixote, Mary Lou, Sparkle

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Last edited by SueC; 04-19-2019 at 11:20 AM. Reason: Added donkey portrait so people can "see" this ride better...
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I was reading that very entertaining thread @AndyTheCornbread posted, and it reminded me of the gnome shrine I used to ride past at the last barn where I boarded. I mostly rode on dirt roads there as there weren't many trails, and one road had a weird little cave with a bunch of gnome dolls lined up inside. I never did get a great picture of it as my horse was always in a hurry to get home when we passed that point. I thought I had a better one, but this is the only one I could find- you can just make out a little stone structure in the top left corner- that was filled with gnomes!
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post #18 of 44 Old 04-19-2019, 11:32 AM
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We were a good 40 miles out into the backcountry in Montana, near the Bob Marshall. We pulled off a little-used trail (by that I mean the only regular use this trail would have received would have been by deer) into a clearing by a creek for lunch. It was as pretty of a little spot as you could find, but sitting off to one side under a tree was an upholstered recliner chair with a pair of unlaced hiker/hunting boots next to it. It had been there for quite some time -- covered with leaves and some mold where the sun didn't reach. We did search the surrounding area for a tent or other sign the person had met a bad end and didn't find anything. No rope, no tent, no backpack, no tarp, nothing. No sign of humans at all except for the chair and the boots. We reported it to authorities when we got back, but there wasn't anyone listed as missing at the time, and I never heard if they found out what had happened.

Why would someone drag a big, heavy, upholstered recliner that far into the backcountry in the first place? This wasn't anywhere near a trailhead, forest road, or simple access point. The only way to get it back there would have been to pack it on a mule up a steep, twisty, windy game trail that was very rarely used. The boots were worn and unlaced, like someone had taken them off then went to do something and never came back. We theorized that maybe someone had used the spot for deer hunting, but the chair wasn't facing the game trail or an area of the creek where the deer would come to drink, and there are far better ways to wait for deer than with a soggy, upholstered recliner... the area we were in was generally inaccessible by hunting season anyway, due to snow. Just.... odd and creepy.
Sounds like modern art!


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Rode the same combination of trails that afternoon - there's a white bra hanging way way up in a tree... and there had only been one other group at the campsite/trailhead that day: Two other women. Soooo... let your mind go where it will. LOL

Also, what's the meme? You see a bra and a halter hanging up, and the text is: Somewhere there's a horse and a woman running free? LOL
Unless she's A-cup size, I don't think she'll be running - at least not free... maybe she's running with her arms crossed across her chest to stop painful bouncing though...

This is why I could never buy Lady Godiva. Unless the was just walking, or on a gaited horse...

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post #19 of 44 Old 04-19-2019, 11:42 AM
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Two things. Came across a Canadian Goose in an old hawk's nest in a tree. Very, very rare for a goose to live in a tree! And she didn't move when I rode by with my horse, and stood there and looked her, LOL. Went back the next day and took photos and sent them in to the state wildlife magazine and they published my pictures. Pretty cool!


Second weird thing, is I once RAN OVER a fawn with my 3-year-old filly was riding. We were just loping through the field and all of a sudden I hear this weird shrieking type sound and a flash a color jumps out from under my horses's shoulder as we are loping along. Fortunely, it was a really nice sweet filly I was riding and we both just kinda stopped and were both like "What the he!! was that?". She didn't even spook. I turned around in time to see the fawn run a little ways and then lay down in the tall grass again. Poor thing. We loped right over the top of him! My horse didn't trip or anything so I don't think she actually stepped on him. Weird, for sure!
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post #20 of 44 Old 04-19-2019, 11:49 AM
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@knightrider that is so creepy! I would always wonder about that too.

@egrogan I've also run across homeless camps while trail riding and they always make me uneasy. There was one trail near my old barn that became so overrun with people dumping trash/large furniture as well as homeless camps that we ended up never using it. Never met people back there but we had a large homeless population in town and many with mental illness. Most would probably be harmless but I felt it was just too risky.
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