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post #11 of 18 Old 03-09-2016, 08:59 PM
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I love big trail rides, and go whenever I can. The ones I've gone on out at Lake Carl Blackwell have been really well organized and they tend to take the experienced riders out about 1/2 hr before they send out the inexperienced riders. The experienced ones do the harder trails, and longer ride and the inexperienced do a short ride on the easier trails. They try to time everything so everyone ends up in the same place at lunch time and then after lunch they go out again, if people want to. You're free to go or not and of course, anyone is free to head back to base camp anytime they want. I've had nothing but good things to say about those rides, even the one where I discovered that my "unflappable mare' wasn't quite so flap-less when she got into the brush and a "wildcat" attacked her belly (it was a bush). Yeah, that was fun for a minute or two until I got her out of the brush. Served her right for not listening for a minute. And earned her a few training sessions in belly high brittle brush. That episode irritated some of the other riders, the ones on the "perfect" horses, but we lived through it.
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post #12 of 18 Old 03-09-2016, 11:53 PM
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This sounds more like a private organized trail ride. Those kind I enjoyed a lot more than organized rides at public campgrounds. Feed during the ride I wouldn't worry about but I would ask the organizer about water. On the ones I went we usually stopped at someone's farm for lunch and was able to water the horses. I always take a few bottles of water with me anyway and if no water is available then I share the water with my horse. Might not be as much as needed but at least they get some. Go and have fun. Be sure and let us know how it went.
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-10-2016, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the stories! - Some of them about talked me out of trying this, and others made me laugh (love the dog story... and Dreamcatchers monster in the brush).

I've ridden with other horses on property... some she knew, some she didn't... and she never seemed overly bothered - previous owners did say she didn't like being run up on by strangers but that she expressed it by tail swishing and nothing else. That's what I've seen so far with her - any "commentary" under saddle is pretty much limited to a tail swish occasionally and then it's back to business. But I would still be wary.

Yes, this is a smaller ride leaving from a 'cowboy church'. It is a fundraiser and public is invited, but it's not being widely advertised. They provide BBQ lunch and entertainment somewhere... at a farm or loop back to the church and out again I suppose. Ideally if we could break off after lunch that would probably have been enough of a day for my first ride.

I'll let you know if I decide to do it! It's at the end of March.
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post #14 of 18 Old 03-10-2016, 09:29 AM
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That sounds like a lot of fun! I want to go, lollol

Go and have a great time

Don't forget a halter and lead rope for tying her up
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-10-2016, 10:02 AM
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I've been on some very enjoyable group rides, but watch out if folks bring alcohol. We all know some horse folks can be jerks...drunk ones are dangerous.
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post #16 of 18 Old 03-10-2016, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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I've been on some very enjoyable group rides, but watch out if folks bring alcohol. We all know some horse folks can be jerks...drunk ones are dangerous.
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No alcohol allowed on this one... so I don't think it's particularly appealing to that group. Seems pretty tame. But yes, noted.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-10-2016, 10:26 AM
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I would begin your trail riding experience on a smaller scale.

I personally don't like big groups like this, so many people and there are always issues. Horses kicking, broken tack, people wanting to be first, horses too slow in front, too fast in back, horses spooked, won't walk on, people needing to stop for personal reasons or whatever reasons, this is just to name a few. Also I personally would be miserable if I sat in a saddle for 6 hours.

I would start out with a few good friends and go on an hour or so ride. That way if you are the one with issues, you have someone there to have your best interest in their mind, wait for you, help you, maybe even turn around with you. Work your way up to the kayos of the big long ride.
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-11-2016, 10:13 AM
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I know that it's sometime hard to do when you are new, but look around and try to find a group that rides at a pace that you can be comfortable with.

Generally with a group this large, people will split off into the speed demons, the casual walk, trot and a little canter group and the ones who like to just mosey. Doesn't matter if you know the people in your group, you may make friends or you might not. Everyone wants a different experience on a trail ride so smile and ask if you can join the one (or more) that rides the way you want to.

Nothing worse than getting stuck with the speed demons with your horse going crazy and all you wanted to do was commune with nature and your horse! Or, getting stuck with the mosey group who only walk and stop to graze every 10 minutes!
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