Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Riding Horses On the Road

Have you ever gotten lost on a trail ride?  Well, we did.  I was riding with a group of seven friends, trying out a new section of our massive 14,000 acre park, and we ended up going way out of the park and into a housing area far, far away.



When we finally realized we were, indeed, lost, we were left with two possibilities--1/ Backtracking 2.5 hours, or 2/ Riding the paved roads for an hour.

Dilemma: Would our horses, who had never been on roads with cars, trucks, motorcycles, and such--do well?

Or, would we die?



The red and blue lines on the map are the route we took.  The blue line is the paved road toward the end of the trip.  All told, we were out for 4 1/2  hours.  See where the white line is that heads straight up to the trail head?  That is where we should have gone.

Anyway, the horses did AWESOME!!  I was riding Leah.  She didn't spook at one car or truck or truck pulling trailers.  There were also dogs, horses, people, and bikes.

Being on the road reminded me of my teenage years, when I didn't have my own truck and trailer, and the only way to get to my friend's homes to ride with them was to take the busy roads.  I was so desperate to ride with someone, I didn't mind.  On our day of getting lost, I was so desperate to get back to the trailhead, I didn't mind then either. Hey, horses are, indeed, transportation--and they have every right to be on the road--just like motorized vehicles.

One thing I can say about the trip--it was an adventure!  And, it really deepened my trust in Leah.


6 comments:

  1. A happy mistake, because it showed you something new about your mare :o)

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    1. Very true. And, I would never taken her out on the road had I not been completely desperate to get back to the car. I was really sun-exposed for way too long. No shade on the road.

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  2. I think there's something to be said about those moments when riding a horse becomes a means to an end as opposed to just a recreational activity. When you need your horse to pull through and get you out of a tough situation, they tend to meet your needs and surprise you.

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    1. Yes, you’re absolutely right. I know I have often underestimated them.

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  3. That’s a long ride! Sounds like Leah was up for it though. What a good girl, she’s really grown and matured. Now you know how she’ll be if you ever need to go on the road again. Glad it all worked out.

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    1. Yes, I won’t be scared of the road anymore. Leah was very well conditioned for the ride, but Penny wasn’t and my heart broke for her. She did fine, but I would never have asked that much of her had we not been lost. I watched over her the next day and she was just perfect. Whew.

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