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post #81 of 270 Old 10-31-2016, 12:31 PM
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Now you know why many trained riders actively avoid getting on a dude string horse. I'm always amazed and appalled watching people on hired horses. Their toes point down, their shoulders are slumped, and they act like they are sitting on a conveyer belt through the landscape. I never rode like that, not ever not once, even as a small child. I can't imagine riding like that. Poor horses. Pack horses have it better.

Trail riding on on a trail-savvy well-trained horse is a whole different experience. To me it is the best kind of riding -- you are both looking, appraising, deciding, enjoying, together, almost like one being. Arena riding is constantly micro-adjusting your horse and yourself; you are the brain. Trail riding is much more about trusting your horse and letting them be a nearly equal partner in the endeavor.

You can't get that from a deadened trail-slave horse.

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post #82 of 270 Old 10-31-2016, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Now you know why many trained riders actively avoid getting on a dude string horse. I'm always amazed and appalled watching people on hired horses. Their toes point down, their shoulders are slumped, and they act like they are sitting on a conveyer belt through the landscape. I never rode like that, not ever not once, even as a small child. I can't imagine riding like that. Poor horses. Pack horses have it better.

Trail riding on on a trail-savvy well-trained horse is a whole different experience. To me it is the best kind of riding -- you are both looking, appraising, deciding, enjoying, together, almost like one being. Arena riding is constantly micro-adjusting your horse and yourself; you are the brain. Trail riding is much more about trusting your horse and letting them be a nearly equal partner in the endeavor.

You can't get that from a deadened trail-slave horse.
Yeah, that was basically my experience. I get that you need well broke horses for anything that involves new riders + trails... but your assessment of 'deadened trail-slave' kind of described my experience - especially pre-spook. The ironic thing was that at least the horse I was put on I wouldn't even describe as terribly calm or 'bombproof' based on her reaction to that tree limb - just very used to ignoring her rider.

Your description of trail riding honestly sounds more like what I am hoping for. I'm actually pretty comfortable (possibly overly so) with the idea of going along with most ideas a horse might have so long as they're safe for both of us. The idea of that sort of open partnership is very appealing to me right now.

Ah well, it's good to get diversity of experience for now as I work towards trying to hit that baseline of competency to get into some of these more interesting areas. I'm glad I did it once.
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post #83 of 270 Old 11-01-2016, 08:49 AM
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I don't know what state you are in, but if you are ever close to Bourbon Country, feel free to let me know, and I will take you on a real trail, on a real horse!
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I don't know what state you are in, but if you are ever close to Bourbon Country, feel free to let me know, and I will take you on a real trail, on a real horse!
I am incredibly flattered and would love to if any opportunity arises. I actually live in the Great Lakes area, though I travel a lot (I'm writing this from a hotel in St. Louis at the moment) so it's not impossible - just depends where my clients happen to be based at the moment.

Really, I'm just wishing I had access to some equestrian friends I could spend time with.
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post #85 of 270 Old 11-01-2016, 07:42 PM
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I am incredibly flattered and would love to if any opportunity arises. I actually live in the Great Lakes area, though I travel a lot (I'm writing this from a hotel in St. Louis at the moment) so it's not impossible - just depends where my clients happen to be based at the moment.

Really, I'm just wishing I had access to some equestrian friends I could spend time with.
For me, the best way to meet other riders has been to 1. join a local trail riding club (for which you do need either a horse or a friend with an extra one), and 2. taking lessons at a barn where the focus is on general riding skills, not just competition in a sport.

I always make friends quite slowly and one at a time, I've learned to be patient.

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post #86 of 270 Old 11-01-2016, 09:41 PM
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Well, I am a few hours from St. Louis, but only and hour and a half from Louisville, and an hour from Nashville. Seriously, PM me if you get close!
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For me, the best way to meet other riders has been to 1. join a local trail riding club (for which you do need either a horse or a friend with an extra one), and 2. taking lessons at a barn where the focus is on general riding skills, not just competition in a sport.

I always make friends quite slowly and one at a time, I've learned to be patient.
Yeah, the club route is one I've looked at - though not trail riding specifically, but in other equestrian areas. The challenge I've found is that most seem to have a reasonable minimum individual competence bar I am not yet ready to pass. There are a lot of activities I believe will open up once I am at a skill level to be a solid independent solo rider.

There's a local polo club (no clue if I'll like polo, but seems worth trying out). There's a fairly serious hunt club which looks fascinating but probably has the highest bar-for-entry skill-wise of anything I've looked at thus far - I suspect I am years away. The place I'm training at has a team and does group schooling made up of both teens and adults. There are also just a tremendous number of shows of all sorts.

Ironically, I haven't found much in the way of trail riding groups. There's one organization that does multi-day camping trip rides but that seems quite specialized and not a direction that calls to me. Everything else I've found is for the under-18 set.

While I might have more opportunity to meet people at a more social stable that's not a trade off I'm willing to make. Despite the bit of controversy on here the more time I have spent thinking on things the more I realize I feel my trainer is a good fit for me at this point in time to reach my goals - and that takes priority.

And perhaps 'friends' is too restrictive a term - perhaps more activity partners who I can share and enjoy this particular aspect of my life with. I adore the idea of developing more deep bonds of course - but I absolutely agree with you that such things take a great deal more time. Also, there's absolutely no indication that a shared interest in horses implies that someone would get along with my other hundred or so other quirks.

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Well, I am a few hours from St. Louis, but only and hour and a half from Louisville, and an hour from Nashville. Seriously, PM me if you get close!
Absolutely will do!

*Sneaks off to check her company's active client/project list... no reason*
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post #88 of 270 Old 11-02-2016, 02:20 PM
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Wow, I'm glad that in my area you can join a club as a beginner with interest whether one has a horse or not. Or are a skilled rider or not. I have never heard of entry requirements to merely join a club. Sounds like these clubs where you live are too pretentious for my taste.
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post #89 of 270 Old 11-02-2016, 05:15 PM
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If you are ever in Florida, come riding with me. Harley and Trixie will take care of their newbs and Kenzie and I will show you a real trail ride.
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post #90 of 270 Old 11-02-2016, 06:13 PM
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I'm also surprised that the equine organizations have restrictions on your riding level since any that I've belonged to have welcomed newbies. If we have a newbie join our trail riding club, we both choose a trail that even the newest horse and/or ride can easily complete when they show up, and also those on calm, friendly horses surround the newbies so their horses will gain confidence from ours and we can talk the rider through any problems. Many Polo club offer lessons on trained horses---I have a friends who is pushing me to join her since she's taken a couple of series and claims it's really fun. Hunt clubs are always looking for ground help if you aren't up to riding----there's also the option of hill topping when you are comfortable riding in the open which does not involve any jumping or being in the thick of the hunt itself.
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