Trail riding (or other "off property" riding) by yourself? Safety?
I never considered this issue until recently. I've ALWAYS done trail riding, or road riding, or whatever, by myself without a second thought. You get on a horse and you go--and I always liked being out there with just me and the horse and nature--or the sights of the road. Now, however, I am realizing the safety concerns inherent in this behavior. LOL My husband is reluctant to let me "go off" into the woods on my own. Even the best horses can spook at something and in thick woods, there's always the chance of getting knocked off by branches overhead, doing something stupid yourself, etc.
We thought we have this problem licked by having my husband on the farm property, in the car, while I ride with either a walkie talkie or cell phone on me. But then he said the other day--what if you fall off and are knocked unconscious? Ugh, too much logic! :)
I know to many of you, this may seem like a ridiculous topic. Every TV show and movie your watch with horses ("Heartland" comes to mind) the people are out on a trail or in the back country on their horse--alone--it's just the norm. So I'm curious if any of you have thought of this? Do you have plans in place? Do those of you over 40 (or 50) still go out there with a renegade cowboy attitude, and it's always been fine?
I do have a couple people at the farm that I can do trail riding with, occasionally, but not consistently--we are not always going to be able to be at the barn on the same day. My husband might hike with me while I ride. But that just seems silly. Is horseback riding just one of those things where you know it comes with inherent risks and you accept them and carry on?
I mean--I DID walk into tigers' and lions' cages every day for 3 years. When you have a 500lb predator rubbing against your legs is NOT the time to be squeamish about safety. I mean, you do things as safely as possibly, and with precautions in place--but there's only so much you can control and you just accept those risks as part of what you want to do with your life. Is this was trail riding by yourself is like?
I am having Spring Fever really bad. The trails at my barn are closed October/November-April because the family hunts on them--regularly and often. It's disconcerting for me. And it sucks that there will be no beautiful Fall trail riding. I'm itching to get out of the darned arena!! But I want to be sure I'm also not being a reckless idiot. :)
“When I bestride him, I soar. I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes” — Shakespeare