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post #11 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 07:22 PM
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I second the idea of walkie talkies in areas where cell coverage is spotty (like it is at my house too). Like others said, being alone isn't ideal because anything can happen at any time, but you also can't have someone around all the time because nobody else would ever get anything done.

Check in times, telling someone exactly what you plan to do and when you plan to be back, not doing anything new or challenging when you are out there by yourself, etc are all ways to make sure you're found if something happens.
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post #12 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 08:31 PM
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I'm just a year older than you, but have been riding/working with my horses alone since I was little. I don't wear a helmet unless I"m jumping (And then only sometimes.. ) and I don't even own a cell phone. I've ridden as far as 20 miles from home and back, and I'm still alive.
I'm not going to say its the safest thing to do.. and I know accidents can happen, but if you are comfortable with your ability to handle things, emergency stops/dismounts ect go for it. I honestly prefer to work alone most of the time.
Watch for signs of agitation from your horse to make sure you get out of his way if, I know its not the best teaching for them if you let them get away with things, but if a possibly dangerous situation turns up and you are alone remove yourself quickly.
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Know I don't play very safe when it comes to riding Seems most the time when I have the time to be riding is when nobody is home having not really been one to carry around a cell phone until recently,the one place I haven't trained myself to take it with me still, is to the barn/riding. Lately I have been much more cautious about working/saddle breaking youngsters,I wait till there is someone at home & let them know I'm going to work them oh & I try remember to wear my helmet. My dog is usually always with me but don't know that he would be much help if I got ditched or hurt somewhere when I was out riding Old bad habits are engrained,people weren't as safety conscientious back when....
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post #14 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 09:33 PM
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We've considered buying walkie talkies, as no phones work in the back property where our daughter frequently rides alone.
Does anyone have and brand, style, or? And range?

I don't want to high jack the thread, but, I think it's good info for those interested.

On being alone at the barn, I obviously leave our daughter to ride alone. But I'd be worried about leaving her all alone.
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post #15 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 09:41 PM
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When I ride alone, which is often, I leave a note telling what area I will be riding. We don't have cell service except in town. So, I carry a .38 with lots of extra bullets. Not for animals. Not for people. It's in case I come off in some draw with a broken pelvis and can't walk out, I can at least signal.

I do not veer from the ride that I plan and write down. I don't care if the cows I'm looking for are only a quarter mile into the next pasture. I make sure I contact someone about the change, or do it the next day.

I do carry a cell (on me - not in saddle bags) because we can sometimes text when we can't call. Some ranches use walkie talkies that carry long distances (I've heard 3 and 5 miles - I can't attest to that).
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post #16 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 09:43 PM
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Don't go cheap. I like to buy the ones that are ranged about 5 miles over the farthest I'll ride away from the house or the other walkie. So, sometimes I'll go 10-15 miles away from home so I like the ones that are ranged for at least 20 miles.

You can browse around on Amazon and see what other folks wrote about certain brands, whether they are good or not, how long they last, etc. I had a brand a few years ago (I don't remember what kind) that were ranged for 10 miles. They were the only ones that my local store had in stock so I bought them. They were the crappiest things I'd ever had. If you were more than 2 miles apart with a hill between you, you couldn't get reception at all.
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Although I know the safety issues with handling horses and riding alone, I often do it myself.
The barn that I board at isn't particularly social and most of the horses are retired or just pets. I ride daily (2-3 horses each and everyday). My BO isn't always home, but his Mom or renter usually are. They have called me on my cell before if I'm out for longer than usual. If no one is home, I will call someone to let them know I'm going to ride and what route I'm taking. I have definitely been lucky so far.

I would agree with buying good quality walkie talkies. My Dad had a set that were just useless; the sound was very crackly and the battery rarely kept charged longer than an hour.
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post #18 of 26 Old 06-12-2013, 11:48 PM
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I'm 16, out at the barn by myself a lot of times. It just depends on your facility an whats available to you. Some places have phones in them and some don't, my barn doesn't so I carry a cell phone with me. I don't really carry it on me, I usually leave it in my purse, which is one my horse's stall...Or in the car...One of the two.

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post #19 of 26 Old 06-13-2013, 01:36 AM
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It's not ideal, and when I was younger (early teens) my mother would not let me ride out (like cross country) alone, or leave me alone there for long. So you're not alone with having parents who worry!

Now, as an adult, I do things alone all the time. It's not really a choice I make, but it's the reality, if I want to ride my horse during the week I have to ride alone. I have to feed and rug and do whatever, and its done alone.

I think it's safer to have people around but it's all about acceptable risks.
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post #20 of 26 Old 06-13-2013, 02:02 AM
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I second the idea of walkie talkies in areas where cell coverage is spotty (like it is at my house too). Like others said, being alone isn't ideal because anything can happen at any time, but you also can't have someone around all the time because nobody else would ever get anything done.

Check in times, telling someone exactly what you plan to do and when you plan to be back, not doing anything new or challenging when you are out there by yourself, etc are all ways to make sure you're found if something happens.
You know this kinda reminds me of something my friend did while she was still riding. She told me that everyone that rode at her barn had whistles. Each blow was a certain code, which I think was this.

1 long blow- I fell off, help.
2 short blows- loose horse
1 short blow- where are you?
3 short blows- *response to where are you* over here

Something like that. I thought it was a good idea.
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