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Re: RC: Re:next ride season...Ihope

In a message dated 10/11/99 3:51:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<<  "She won't leave the herd". WRONG! We found her
  waiting at the trailer. Needless to say, I did not pony her again. But I 
think that she is not the norm. I have gone on group rides where someone has 
brought along a "baby" and things have gone quite smoothly.
 Any thoughts on this???? >>

Wellllll, since you asked :)  I would be very concerned about letting a horse 
run loose on the trail.  Not necessarily for the safety of the horse or the 
horse your riding,(although that is a concern too) but what about other 
riders, hikers, bikers, etc. that you might meet on the trail?  I'm pretty 
sure if my young horse saw a loose horse running on the trail, he'd want to 
go too -- that's more than I want to deal with!! A loose horse poses all 
kinds of potential danger.  I love the idea of exposing the youngsters to 
trail stuff, but I do it with the lead rope attached at all times to the 
youngster.  That way they learn some discipline as well (which they can 
surely use).
Happy trails!  

Sylvia, Harca, Star & Chance (you can turn me loose, realllllly you 
can....I'll be good)

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