Alright, RiosDad, I'm counting on you here! haha
This is the part I don't like. I don't like dead end rides. I hate riding down the road, do a U turn and head back home. I prefer blocks, a circle route so the horse never really knows you are turning around. If you insist on riding down the road try and incorporate a turn around at the end. Take a short trip around something so you are not just going out and returning in the same path.she is really good the whole was down the road (away from the barn). As soon as we turn around she's 'on it'. She is basically cantering in place!
I'm a road runner, I run roads all the time, the shoulders are soft 10 months of the year and the mileage is endless. You can pick large blocks and just jog around them. I prefer being alone. And yes my guys with less then a week under them already are started on the roads just to get to the bush. As they come along more and more time is spend strickly running roads.. We don't have much land to ride long on so the 10-15 miles is out of the question for now till we can trailer them out.
I'm not a fan of anyone carrying a weapon. that said I shot competitively for many years and also shot combat courses. I still own a number of very good guns but they are kept locked up in a vault.Yea I know you can't carry a weapon there, kinda a shame in my own opinion. .
If a gun is kicking hard enough to make you feel it after 2 rounds it is not the right gun for you. You need something smaller or download it to target loads. My daughter would shoot my 44 magnum but I downloaded it for target shooting and she never felt the recoil. I don't shot my 357, it is for looks only,pretty gun but not usefull. I don't shoot revolvers, I only shot automatics. Can't shoot combat competitively with a revolver and I like to win. I have porduction bullet loading equipment and it takes me 10 minutes to laod 100 rounds at a cost of 3 cents per round so it is cheap and I can shoot alot. I have shot 500 rounds in a 3 day coarse getting my lisencehaha I'm not that scary...at least I don't think I am.
I like 9mm's, 45's are kinda too rough, but they would definately get the job done, God forbid if it were ever needed. My gun is an Ultra Lite Titanium 35spl, but I have some nice hydro-shocks loaded in it and it kicks harder than my fiance's Kahr 40, and it kicks harder than the 357, but I don't shoot it that much with those in it. Maybe 1 time just to see how hard it would, but I have plently of target rounds, with those in it, it still kicks harder than the 40 so I can only shoot about 2 rounds before my palm is as red as a tomato. haha