Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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I also ride where we encounter quads and other ATVs
They don't bother horses as much, as when they first encounter mountain bikes, suddenly coming up on them silently and over the crest of a hill, or up behind them, coasting down a steep grade !
Most mountain bikers have encountered horses often enough, that the slow down
I was riding with hubby in K country, where there are both equestrian trails and multi use trails. Hubby was riidng a fairly green trail horse, that got a bit more excIted each time some mountAin bikes suddenly came at up from over the tOp of a steep hill, or up behind us.
Most of the bikers slowed down, or even stopped, so Rubix handled it, as my horse was fairly calm
Then, one group came up without slowing, where hubby's horse sort of lost it, spooked into a ditch and went down. nothing too serious, but I heard him yell 'slow down you bitch'!
As that gal whizzed by me, I heard her ask, 'was he speaking to me or his horse?'
I replied, 'he is riding a gelding', but doubt she got her answer, not being a horse person!
Spooking to me, in place, is a horse that handles his spook reaction, tot he point that his body moves, but his feet don't. I've had grouse fly up right under my horse's nose, and that horse never reacted beyond that short take.
What i consider a bad shy/spook, is horse travelling some distance, quickly, sideways, and it does mater, beyond being able to stay with that horse!
Once, we wound up packing out an elk in the dark. Hubby's saddle horse suddenly decided to be aware that she was leading a horse with game on his back, when we were almost all the way back to the YA Ha Tinda campground
We were just riding above thew falls, along the cliff, and it sure does matter then , when your horse spooks towards that drop off!
Luckily, Bonnie, stopped in time!
So, depending where you ride, the degree of that spook, certainly matters, and thus I want my horse to be at the point where he will spook in place
When you go over a cliff, it really does not matter how well you cna ride out that spook!