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post #1 of 14 Old 11-07-2019, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you riding friends

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If you are fortunate enough to find a friend or two with horses of similar speed and humans that are in agreement as to the speed and distance, and who are tolerant if one of you might have a horse in need of experience, then I say you have struck gold as far as trail companions are concerned. In other words, patience and consideration of each other
from another thread. I did not want to hijack that thread, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU to @4horses and @LoriF , @mslady254 and @phantomhorse13 for being those exact trail riding companions. And also my fun and lovely neighbors who ride with me from time to time. And to the teens and kids who come out to ride my horses with me. I have always had to ride alone until my family moved to this part of Florida. I love having such terrific folks with whom to ride.

When we first moved here, I was invited to join a group of friends and neighbors who rode together every Friday. At the time, even then, it felt bittersweet because we all got along so perfectly and we had such great times. I compared it to raising a baby because it was so beautiful, precious, and we all knew it wasn't going to last forever. One of our group has died, two no longer ride, one found different riding friends, and only one is left from our original group. Dustbunny is so right. To find such compatible riding companions is a rare treat.
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-07-2019, 01:17 PM
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I can Amen, and High Five that:)

I have ridden with many people over the years. Looking back, I can recall four who, without question, were as perfect riding companions as one could ask for. Even if our horses weren't always perfectly matched in terms of keeping up, somehow it never mattered:)

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-07-2019, 02:59 PM
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I, too, am very fortunate that my BO and a few select boarders at my current barn are wonderful riding friends. Recently, another girl moved into our barn and bought another horse while boarding here... The one trail ride I went on with her and others, her horse was either bolting or rearing, and ended up rearing in my direction... I ended up being hit full force with that horse's head, and my horse was slammed with his body. We made it out with only bruises, but her and her horse has definitely soured the wonderful situation we had before. I actively avoid rides with her now, just because it adds risk to other riders and horses.

Since then, my SO has developed an interest in riding and comes along as often as he can, and luckily he wants to remain a wonderful riding partner. He absorbs suggestions I give him for riding my horse and being aware of others on the trail. So far, I vastly prefer riding with him than without, and that doesn't happen that often!

Hopefully I am able to find another group of riding friends when I move back to the lower peninsula of Michigan in the spring (if anyone lives nearby Lansing, feel free to reach out!).

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-08-2019, 02:47 AM
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I've also had some great riding buddies over the years. It kinda spoiled me and now that they don't ride any more I rarely ride either. Hubby was one of the best to ride with and he won't hardly go near them anymore let alone ride. Back when we first met he had an OTTB and my QH had a lot of running bred horses in his lines and those 2 horses constantly fought each other to be going down the trail in front . That would be aggravating to some but we always had fun with it.

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post #5 of 14 Old 11-08-2019, 02:55 AM
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Ah, sweet memories!

I have had some great riding companions over the years - also some that were the opposite.

Nothing like a great long ride with good friends.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-08-2019, 04:53 AM
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Quote from @Dustbunny



from another thread. I did not want to hijack that thread, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU to @4horses and @LoriF , @mslady254 and @phantomhorse13 for being those exact trail riding companions. And also my fun and lovely neighbors who ride with me from time to time. And to the teens and kids who come out to ride my horses with me. I have always had to ride alone until my family moved to this part of Florida. I love having such terrific folks with whom to ride.

When we first moved here, I was invited to join a group of friends and neighbors who rode together every Friday. At the time, even then, it felt bittersweet because we all got along so perfectly and we had such great times. I compared it to raising a baby because it was so beautiful, precious, and we all knew it wasn't going to last forever. One of our group has died, two no longer ride, one found different riding friends, and only one is left from our original group. Dustbunny is so right. To find such compatible riding companions is a rare treat.

Awe, thank you @knightrider I love riding with you. I would ride with you every day if I could, you're the best.

So here I am, two hours away and for the life of me, I can't find someone to ride with locally on my days off when I have just that little bit of time. I think that it's mostly because normal people have weekends off.

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post #7 of 14 Old 11-08-2019, 10:34 AM
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What a joy to have good riding buddies!

I don't currently have any nearby, but hope to find some next spring. Horse Forum riding buddies are the best though!!!

@greentree @SwissMiss @Change to name a few
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-08-2019, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Yay, @Change ! I have also enjoyed the pleasure of riding with her! I called her not long ago because she isn't on the forum any more. She and her son are both doing well. Miss her.
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-09-2019, 02:10 AM
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I had some great riding buddies, over the last few years. I am missing them so, reading about this. It makes a ride so much more than just a 'ride'.
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-09-2019, 03:42 AM
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Some years back we had a very active Riding Club. Many of the members were not particularly competitive somwemwould organise 'Spider Rides' when people would ride to a pub, have lunch and then ride home again a different way with other riders. This was very popular and so, it was organised that we would go to the mainland and ride with the New Forest Riding Club.


There were a lot of people wanting to go, some hired horses from a riding school in the forest whilst others organised to share horseboxes and trailers.

At the time we had a member who, despite being a very intelligent man who had his own mare, thought that the moment you hit grass it equalled galloping. The secretary didmher best to delay him receiving the news letter announcing this special ride but, somehow he managed to hear about it and booked a place on the ferry to join in.

He created total chaos and would just take off regardless of other riders and one or two were 'nervous' riders, galloping off intomthe dostance.

After about an hour into the ride I lost it and gave him a very strong lecture on how to behave when riding with others. Riders were cringing at my stinging tirade but it made absolutely no difference to his behaviour.

One of the Forest members took us to a big long open area and he just took off. The moment he did so wemall veered off into the trees and weaved our way onto another trail, twisted and turned several times and finally managed to totally loose him!

The rest of the hours spent riding were delightful, new country and sights and a happy gang of hackers.
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