I am so surprised to hear such bad stories about this subject!! I have not
had any of the troubles that some of you mention. In fact, last September
myself, my two horses, and several friends (six of whom are on the list -
HI!), rode drag at the VC 100 in Virginia City, Nevada. They had different
riders all throughout the day riding (drag) on different loops. I chose to
ride the night loop. We did the last approx. 30 miles of the ride and
started at about 10:30 at night. We had the absolute best time - we did not
have to pull ribbons (it was dark - and we were told to leave the glo-lites
up), and for the most part we were able to ride how we wanted. We finished
at about 4:30 a.m., and I have to say that it was the best experience both
my horses could have had. They CAN see well in the dark :), and it went a
long way toward resolving my fears about riding in the dark.
The next morning all of us volunteers were fed a steak breakfast, courtesy
of NASTR (Nevada All State Trail Riders). We were not asked to pay for
anything. Also, at the vet check we were given hot chocolate and I think at
least one person even had the vet check over her horse just for the heck of
it. Everybody was more than nice and we all had fun.
http://www.greatbasin.net/~sportssaddle.ride.html <--read about Nevada rides!