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

Since you mentioned it, I have actually encountered hikers and even mountain
bikers on the trail. Scrimshaw (the two year old) just follows me and
whatever horse I am riding. She was born and raised with me and has been
exposed to dogs, bikes, kids, etc. and it just isn't an issue. My biggest
concern would be downed fencing but I know the part of the trail I take her
on.On a narrow trail, she doesn't seem to want to get off of it anyway. I
accept your caution and think it is well founded, however.
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Sent: Monday, October 11, 1999 4:25 PM
Subject: 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
> 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
> run loose on the trail.  Not necessarily for the safety of the horse or
> 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
> 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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