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post #21 of 27 Old 05-31-2017, 03:13 PM
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You've only been riding for two years? You are fearless.

I've been riding for four, and cantering is still a very short affair, never mind jumping over things. If I do canter I will first walk the short stretch and inspect every single pebble and blade of grass for tripping potential :)
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post #22 of 27 Old 05-31-2017, 03:28 PM
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I do canter on some rides out, and depending as to who I am riding with
However, trail riding for me, is in the mountains, where you want horses most times, to watch their feet every step, so I do agree with Carshon,cantering on those rides is not done, as general practice.
I have seen quite a few wreaks on group rides, with some horses taking off, and others bucking or trying to bolt
I will out by myself, on a broke hrose, across fields, down the road, ect, but it is generally not considered something you do, on a'real' trail ride.
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I didn't want to say anything either, but watching that video was somewhat terrifying for me. Maybe you went over the trail beforehand to make sure there wasn't anything dangerous up ahead. I'd be terrified that I might meet a hiker, a mountain biker, a dog, a deer... really, a number of things that might cause a serious wreak. Those are narrow trails, no room to manoeuvre should you suddenly come upon something. Even a fallen tree. But maybe it's just me. I only canter in wide open spaces, if at all. I used to be fearless, but nearing 50, having fallen off a spooked horse twice in the last year (for the first time in my life, I might add), I have lost interest in pushing the limits.

That person on the grey horse behind you was also slipping all over the place, which would not sit well with me. She even mentions at some point that her horse almost tripped sideways on her leg. A trail wreck happens so fast, and when someone is laying in the woods with a compound fracture bleeding out, things get scary real fast.

Just my 2 cents. Don't mean to spoil your fun.
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post #24 of 27 Old 06-01-2017, 12:49 AM
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Oh, I just remembered one particular canter I did with a friend of mine. He persuaded me to canter without walking the stretch first because he really knew that trail and we were about 20km from nearest human settlement. Well, we turn a corner and the horses stop dead in the middle of a very confused flock of sheep :) They obviously weren't there the last time my friend went down the path.
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post #25 of 27 Old 06-01-2017, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by mmshiro View Post
As someone who has started to ride a little less than two years ago and who fancies himself a rational person, this is how I have been imagining my dream horse: a laid-back and sane breed, like an Icelandic, a Fjordie, or a Canadian, probably an individual that shows lots of curiosity and does enjoy a little run now and then. Preferably in its late teens (for that extra dose of sanity and been-around-the-block-ness), and - yeah - a gelding - because I don't want to deal with mare drama.

And what do I do today? Sign a one-year lease on a 9 year-old OTTB chestnut mare who's been spending the last two weeks or so flirting the socks off of me. ("Dita", if you saw my video over in the "2017 Trail Rides" thread.).
Most couples have a dream partner - very rarely does a dream come true!
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post #26 of 27 Old 06-02-2017, 09:38 AM
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I've learned over the course of my life that the very best animals (and people) are those that you just happen upon when you're not looking. Even if Dita is NOT your dream horse, a year lease is pretty risk-free. Enjoy! :)
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post #27 of 27 Old 06-02-2017, 10:34 AM
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My dream was for a big, bay, TB gelding. What I got was a tiny Qtr/Arab cross that was mean as the longest day was long. She was rolling in fat when I got her and the deal was for me to work that off of her and then when sold I would get a percent to put toward my dream. Well when that day came I bought her for packer's price at the fit weight. Best deal I ever made. Never put a foot wrong on the trails and could be trusted absolutely to find the safest path.
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