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post #21 of 26 Old 06-13-2013, 06:06 AM
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I am sometimes at the barn alone. I will do everything on the ground and ride my 4 yr old OTTB when I am alone, but will not ride a 13 yr old Arab I take care of while alone. There are still risks riding my OTTB alone, but I just started riding the Arab (twice now) and he hasn't been ridden in months... if not a year. He is super opinionated, rude, and has many vices. He spooks nasty, and we have experienced a fair share of crowhopping, bucking, and kicking out within our mere two rides thus far. I, by far, trust my OTTB more.

I have my cell on me all the time at the barn, unless I am riding.
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post #22 of 26 Old 06-13-2013, 01:04 PM
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I am nearly always alone at the barn. I keep my cell phone with me and people usually know where I am.

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post #23 of 26 Old 06-13-2013, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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I'm getting good advice here!! Very pleased :)
Here's my situation: I live on the edge of town, the barn is 8-9 miles from my house on gravel roads. It's not a boarding facility, it's just a normal farm with a textbook big red barn :P.. The family that owns the farm lives 2 miles down the road, (not exactly on the premesis) has older kids that are gone, and he works during the day so there's rarely anyone there when my sister and I go out. Nothing but farmland and cattle basically when I'm out there by myself, and bad cell phone service. It's very peaceful, but I can see where my parents are coming from because its kinda secluded haha.
It makes me feel better that other people ride alone too!!
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post #24 of 26 Old 06-13-2013, 01:54 PM
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I pretty much agree with what everyone else has already said. We are extremely blessed to have the use of cell phones nowadays where we don't have to crawl to a landline phone if we are injured. Checking in with someone or at least letting them know where you will be and for approximately how long is also a great idea. Better safe than sorry.

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post #25 of 26 Old 06-13-2013, 03:34 PM
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I too spend quite a bit of time at the barn alone. I always have my cell on my boot and always carry a pocket knife and a spare rope if I'm riding out. The hubsand checks in on me frequently though and our trails are open to the public for hiking as well so do have some other people and park rangers around. The horses I ride out are very level headed, too though. Like the idea of keeping the handgun - hadn't thought of that. My parents NEVER would have allowed me at the barn or riding alone though, in fact, my mother would probobly have a heart attack even now if she realized how often I do it now!
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post #26 of 26 Old 06-13-2013, 03:35 PM
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I grew up in the days before cell phones and would head off on my own aged 12 on a not spooky but very fizzy pony, one forested area was a prime location for perverts and flashers, I had no clue about danger at all and often went in a totally different direction to where I told my parents I was going. I can remember my frantic father finding me riding down a busy main road in the dark after I'd got lost one day. Now I'm a parent I realize how irresponsible I was
My husband has to work away at times so I get left on my own with 5 horses and I'm a lot more cautious these days. I always have a cell phone in my pocket, avoid riding if its really windy and tell my neighbor if I'm going around the trails behind us and how long I intend to be away. If something happens to me I have to think about who's going to care for my horses and dogs till my husband gets home which could be well over 24 hours if he's the other side of the world
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